Approval to Undertake a Tree Damaging Activity - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to undertake an activity that may damage a protected tree, or undertake prohibited ground work within a protection zone for a protected tree or in a declared site. Anyone can apply for a tree to be registered as a protected tree in the Australian Capital Territory. A protected tree is one that:

  • Is registered
  • Is twelve metres or more in height
  • Has a trunk with a circumference of 1.5 metres or more, one metre above natural ground level
  • Has two or more trunks and the total circumference of all the trunks, one metre above natural ground level, is 1.5 metres or more
  • Has a canopy twelve metres or more wide
  • Is not a pest plant.

Damage includes, but is not limited to:

  • Killing, destroying, felling or removing the tree
  • Poisoning the tree
  • Ring barking the tree (whether partially or completely)
  • Cutting branches or stems of the tree between branch unions (lopping)
  • Removing branches of the tree to a previously pruned or lopped point (pollarding)
  • Major pruning of the tree and minor pruning to registered trees only
  • Anything else done to or in relation to the tree that causes it to die or significantly reduces its health, stability, general appearance or expected life.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As stated on the approval.



Administering agency

Transport Canberra and City Services
Parks and Territory Services Division
Parks and Conservation

Act(s) name

Tree Protection Act 2005 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Trees and Forests
Transport Canberra and City Services
Parks and Territory Services Division
Parks and Conservation

Operating address:
Macarthur House,
12 Wattle Street
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601




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