Vegetation and the Local Law

Brisbane City Council's Natural Assets Local Law 2003 (NALL) helps to protect our natural assets, including bushland areas, wetlands, waterway corridors and trees in urban areas. The NALL also allows better management of the impacts of weeds and hazardous vegetation.

Council has been protecting vegetation with Local Laws since 1991. The NALL delivers a balance between protecting the city’s environment and people, property and lifestyle.

The Local Law is not a land use control. However, along with the Brisbane City Plan 2014 it requires landowners to consult Council to adopt a responsible approach in deciding what vegetation will be retained as part of any proposal to build a house, subdivide or develop land.

Vegetation Protection Orders

Have you received a new protection order or notification of new protection orders? For new protection orders, people affected by the order can send Council a submission about the order. Find out more information here about new protection orders, public notification of new orders, the submission process and how to send a submission to Council.

Apply for a permit to work on protected vegetation

Landowners must seek Council permission to clear, remove or work on protected vegetation, unless an exemption applies. Find out more about the permit application process and what type of permit you might need.

Permit exemptions for protected vegetation

Some work is allowed on protected vegetation without a permit. These permit exemptions are set by the NALL. Find out more. 

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Types of protected vegetation

There are four categories of vegetation protected under the NALL. Council Vegetation, Waterway and Wetland Vegetation, Significant Native Vegetation, Significant Urban Vegetation and its sub category, significant landscape trees. Find out more about vegetation protected by the local law, as well as vegetation protected through other legislation, development approval conditions, covenants and heritage listing.

Nominating vegetation for protection

Does your property have significant vegetation or do you know of a tree you would like to nominate for possible protection? Find out how you can request protection for specific vegetation via an online form.

Street trees

Council plants and maintains street trees to ensure Brisbane residents receive all the benefits trees bring to our streets. Under the NALL all footpath and street trees are protected. Find out more about applying for a permit to prune a street tree, requesting a street tree, Council’s maintenance program and planting events. You can also find information about how to apply to install bud lighting (or fairy lights) in street trees in business centres across Brisbane. 

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Verge gardens

Council has developed guidelines which support residents in establishing a verge garden between the property boundary and the road kerb on residential zoned lands. Learn more about the guidelines, starting a footpath garden, who is responsible for maintenance and recommended plants.

More information

For more information you can download the Natural Assets Local Law 2003 from the Queensland Government website.

To find out if your property has protected vegetation, contact Council.