Fast track tree removal and pruning

When you can use this process

The fast track tree removal process can be used to apply for:

  • the removal of one or two trees when no development is proposed
  • the pruning of an unlimited number of trees when no development is proposed

When you can't use this process

The fast track tree removal process cannot be used where:

  • a miscellaneous consent application is required for vegetation removal pursuant to a Section 173 agreement registered on title
  • for proposals which involve the removal of 3 or more trees, or
  • for proposals where tree removal is directly associated with the development or redevelopment of land that requires a planning permit

In these circumstances, an independent arborist report will be required to be submitted with these planning applications.

The fast-track planning application

By utilising the fast-track application process you will not need to supply an independent arborist report, as this service is incorporated in the application fee.

When lodging an application under this fast-track service, the following must accompany the completed application form:

  • the appropriate fee
  • full copy of property title, from land titles office within the last three months, along with any related plan of subdivision, restrictions, covenants or agreements (available from Land Victoria or at; (see planning advice 4: Obtaining a Copy of Title)
  • a site plan for tree removal / pruning which must clearly show:
    • the location of (numbered) tree(s) to be removed or pruned
    • the distance of subject trees from a fixed object (eg. house or fence)
    • accurate location of the dwelling, outbuildings and fences in relation to the property boundaries
    • the location and name of the street frontage(s)
    • the approximate location of north and
    • access points, and if access is readily available

The assessment process

Upon receipt of your application, the documentation will be checked and any more information required will be requested before being assessed by Council’s arborist.

The arborist will then contact you to arrange an inspection of the tree/s. Where possible, it is beneficial for the applicant to be present during the inspection.

Council’s arborist will then promptly forward their recommendation to Planning Services to enable a timely determination of your application. A condition of an approval may include a requirement for the replanting of a tree/s to compensate for the approved removal of trees. The decision notice, including an endorsed plan (if applicable) will be posted to you as soon as possible.

Our commitment

As part of this fast-track process, we are committed to processing your application for tree removal and/or tree pruning both promptly and efficiently. This process promises:

  • an on-site consultation and assessment by Council’s qualified arborist as part of the application fee
  • faster processing

Submitting your application

As there are two application types that relate to fast tracked tree removal, you will first need to determine if your application qualifies as a VicSmart application. If it does, follow the link below:

Submit a VicSmart fast track tree removal application (VSFP)

If your application does not qualify as a VicSmart application, follow the link below to submit a standard application:

Submit a fast track tree removal application (10FP)


This advice is to be used as a general guide only. Council has made all reasonable effort to ensure the information is true and accurate. However, it is recommended that readers seek professional advice before acting or making decisions on the basis of this information. For any questions or clarification, please contact Council’s Planning Services on 9433 3343.