Apply for a permit to work on protected vegetation
Under the Natural Assets Local Law 2003 (NALL), you must get a Brisbane City Council permit before you can clear or work on protected vegetation that is not covered by an exemption.
Council considers the following when assessing applications, including:
- structure and health
- associated risks to life or property
- vegetation values and management costs
- potential nuisance or damage to property.
There are two main application types:
- minor street tree pruning
- work to protected vegetation on private property (one off work and long term permit).
For more information on which permit is most appropriate for the work you are planning, download the:
There are no fees for these applications.
How to apply
Minor street tree pruning
Review the minor street tree pruning fact sheet:
- Minor Street Tree Pruning fact sheet (PDF - 800kb)
- Minor Street Tree Pruning fact sheet (Word - 986kb)
- Complete the Application to Carry Out Works on Protected Vegetation online form. If your proposal to carry out minor pruning to a street tree/s on the footpath meets all the requirements, you will be provided with a permit to download.
Alternatively, you can complete the hard copy form.
- Supporting documents
Prepare the supporting documents to be uploaded with your application. For an online application, the supporting documents should be saved as Word, PDF or JPG files. Supporting documents may include:
- for one off permit
- clear photos of vegetation to be interfered with
- site plan sketch
- for long term permit
- Protected Vegetation Management Plan
- other supporting documents to consider may include:
- Arborist report if the work is on a significant landscape tree, a tree protected by an Individual Tree VPO or a Heritage tree
- Building and/or development plans if the work is to accommodate new buildings or other development
- Forestry Management Plan if the work is for agriculture and/or forestry
- Fire Management Plan if the work is required for fire management
- Application to Carry Out Works on Protected Vegetation
Complete the Application to Carry Out Works on Protected Vegetation online form and upload your supporting documents. Council will assess and respond to your application within 20 working days. Alternatively, you can complete the hard copy form.
- Approval to proceed with work
Council officers will work with you to achieve an outcome that protects the natural environment and your rights as a landowner.
If your request is approved:
- Council will send you a written permit
- you can then proceed with work on the vegetation in accordance with Council's conditions described in the permit.
In the interest of good neighbour relations, Council recommends that you tell your neighbours about any work you intend to carry out before you start.
- Declaration of Compliance for Approved Works to Protected Vegetation
You may need to provide a declaration to Council after approved work on protected vegetation. Council will advise if this is required.
Declarations can be submitted online using the Declaration of Compliance for Approved Works to Protected Vegetation online form.
Alternatively you can complete the hard copy form.
Other relevant legislation
Work in areas that the Queensland Government identifies as a ‘regional ecosystem', or within the bed or banks of a watercourse, may require additional permits from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
The Queensland Government also controls mangroves and other vegetation growing on tidal land. Contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for more information.
Reviewing permit decisions
A customer may request an internal review of the original decision made. The request must:
- be in writing
- be received by Council within 21 days from the day on which Council gave the applicant notice of the original decision
- state the grounds on which the original decision is challenged, and the facts and/or circumstances relied on in support of those grounds.
If a customer disagrees with a review decision, they can request a further review of the internal review decision relating to a permit. The request must:
- be in writing
- be received by Council within 21 days from the day on which Council gave the applicant a notice of the ‘internal review’
- contain a statement of reasons to enable Council to review the decision.
A customer also has rights under the Ombudsman Act 2001 or the Judicial Review Act 1991 to dispute a permit decision made by Council.