Introducing permanent controls to protect significant trees in our City (Amendment C163)

(L-R) Eucalyptus species, Ulmus (or elm) species, Araucaria species

What’s happening?

The Maribyrnong Significant Tree Register has been established to protect significant trees so that we can safeguard our City’s natural and cultural heritage and preserve the many benefits of trees in the urban landscape.

Around 80 trees on private land are listed on our draft register, following extensive public nominations and assessment by independent arborists.

As the trees play a special role in our neighbourhoods, it is important they are protected and considered in future development proposals.

Interim tree protection controls are in place. Council is proposing to amend its Planning Scheme to make these controls permanent and is seeking community feedback. This is called Amendment C163


What does Amendment C163 do?

  • Replace the interim tree protection control with a permanent control.
  • Introduce the Maribyrnong Significant Tree Register 2019 as a reference document in the planning scheme.
  • Include new policies and strategies in the planning scheme to protect and enhance significant trees in our City.


What is the tree protection control and how does it affect me?

The control is called an Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO). It affects properties with trees on the register and neighbouring properties in the Tree Protection Zone (canopy and root area).

Under the ESO, a planning permit is required to:

  • Remove, destroy or lop a tree on the register
  • Construct a building or undertake works in the Tree Protection Zone

Pruning trees for maintenance purposes does not require a permit, provided the branch size is no more than 10cm in diameter and total amount removed is less than 10% of the canopy.


How can I make a submission?

Amendment C163 is on public exhibition from 30 June to 6 August 2020.

You can make a submission in writing or by using the submission form below. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 6 August 2020.

Council will review all submissions and seek to resolve any issues raised.


For more information please see document library on the right hand side.



Have a question?

Email AmendmentC163@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au or call Council’s Strategic Planning team on 9688 0200.

Council will review all submissions and seek to resolve any issues raised.

What’s happening?

The Maribyrnong Significant Tree Register has been established to protect significant trees so that we can safeguard our City’s natural and cultural heritage and preserve the many benefits of trees in the urban landscape.

Around 80 trees on private land are listed on our draft register, following extensive public nominations and assessment by independent arborists.

As the trees play a special role in our neighbourhoods, it is important they are protected and considered in future development proposals.

Interim tree protection controls are in place. Council is proposing to amend its Planning Scheme to make these controls permanent and is seeking community feedback. This is called Amendment C163


What does Amendment C163 do?

  • Replace the interim tree protection control with a permanent control.
  • Introduce the Maribyrnong Significant Tree Register 2019 as a reference document in the planning scheme.
  • Include new policies and strategies in the planning scheme to protect and enhance significant trees in our City.


What is the tree protection control and how does it affect me?

The control is called an Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO). It affects properties with trees on the register and neighbouring properties in the Tree Protection Zone (canopy and root area).

Under the ESO, a planning permit is required to:

  • Remove, destroy or lop a tree on the register
  • Construct a building or undertake works in the Tree Protection Zone

Pruning trees for maintenance purposes does not require a permit, provided the branch size is no more than 10cm in diameter and total amount removed is less than 10% of the canopy.


How can I make a submission?

Amendment C163 is on public exhibition from 30 June to 6 August 2020.

You can make a submission in writing or by using the submission form below. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 6 August 2020.

Council will review all submissions and seek to resolve any issues raised.


For more information please see document library on the right hand side.



Have a question?

Email AmendmentC163@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au or call Council’s Strategic Planning team on 9688 0200.

Council will review all submissions and seek to resolve any issues raised.

  • Amendments to the Maribyrnong Planning Scheme are a legislated by the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Council must make available for inspection a copy of any submissions made. Council may also provide copies of submissions to other parties for the purpose of consideration as part of the planning process.

    Name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any Panel Hearing held to consider submissions.

    Amendments to the Maribyrnong Planning Scheme are a legislated by the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Council must make available for inspection a copy of any submissions made. Council may also provide copies of submissions to other parties for the purpose of consideration as part of the planning process.

    Name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any Panel Hearing held to consider submissions.

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