Protected vegetation is identified by Council under the Natural Assets Local Law 2003 (NALL). This law protects Brisbane’s natural vegetation and delivers a balance between protecting the city’s environment and people, property and lifestyle. You may require a permit to manage vegetation that is protected under this law.
For more information on the types of protected vegetation, download the:
Your property may have protected vegetation if it:
You should check with Council if this applies to your property by phoning 07 3403 8888.
Significant trees can be protected under this local law. If a tree meets the criteria to be protected as asignificant landscape tree, a Vegetation Protection Order (VPO) can be made under the NALL, or another local law administered by Council.
Contact Council on 07 3403 8888 for more information or to request a VPO.
A VPO is an order that prohibits work on a protected tree without Council permission. To apply to carry out work on a tree protected by a VPO please contact Council and submit an Application to Carry Out Works to (including interfere with) Protected Vegetation. Permit applications are available to download.
Generally yes, however there are a number of exemptions. For more information, download the:
It is best to apply before finalising your building plans, so Council can discuss all necessary matters with you before you apply for a building approval.
If protected vegetation is proposed to be affected, you will need to apply for a permit in conjunction with any development application.
If the vegetation is on Council land, such as in a park, you should contact Council to request work.
If the vegetation is on the street adjoining your property you can apply for a permit to carry out work. For more information, download the:
If the protected vegetation is on a privately owned property you can apply for a permit, but generally the property owner will be required to sign the application. Please contact Council for more information.