Permit exemptions for protected vegetation
Some work is allowed on protected vegetation without a permit. These permit exemptions are set by the Natural Assets Local Law 2003.
You must obtain a permit from Brisbane City Council to work on protected vegetation for any work not covered by an exemption.
To find out if your property has protected vegetation, contact Council on 07 3403 8888.
Exemptions only apply to protected vegetation which is located within your property boundaries. To work on a property which you do not own, you must apply for a permit and obtain the property owner’s consent.
Unless it is an emergency, the exemptions do not apply to work of any kind on the following types of protected vegetation:
- significant landscape trees (part of the Significant Urban Vegetation category). Contact Council if you have Significant Urban Vegetation on your property and would like to know if it's a significant landscape tree
- Trees protected by a Vegetation Protection Order - Individual Tree (VPO-IT)
- heritage trees
- tidal vegetation (primarily mangroves).
To carry out any work on tidal vegetation you will need to apply for a permit from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, phone 13 25 23.
Protected vegetation can be removed without a permit, if the work is essential to respond to an accident or emergency. If you remove protected vegetation because of an accident or emergency, please contact Council on 07 3403 8888.
Trees causing an immediate and significant threat to people or property can be removed without a permit, but you must submit:
- photographic evidence to Council within 10 business days, and
- an arborist’s report if requested.
Submit the documents to:
Environmental Management Team
Compliance and Regulatory Services
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane QLD 4001
If the threat is not immediate and significant, you must apply for a permit to work on protected vegetation.
Tree and vegetation pruning and removal
Protected vegetation can be pruned and managed for maintenance purposes or to manage a hazardous situation.
For more information about pruning and maintenance view:
- You and Your Local Law fact sheet
- minor street tree pruning fact sheet
- apply for a permit to work on protected vegetation
If you want to remove weeds from a large area or from any waterway or wetland, you should firstly download the:
- Weeds, Hazardous Vegetation and Bushfire Management fact sheet (PDF - 1Mb)
- Weeds, Hazardous Vegetation and Bushfire Management fact sheet (Word - 109kb).
The work must comply with any Brisbane City Council issued guidelines for managing weeds.