How to apply
Private property permit applications need supporting documents and images to be provided.
Before applying for your permit, review the Applying for a permit fact sheet (Word - 14Mb) for information on which permit is most appropriate for the work you are planning, how permits are assessed and information required.
Complete the Application to Carry Out Works on Protected Vegetation online form. Alternatively, you can complete the hard copy form.
If you are issued with a permit, you will be asked to complete an online Declaration of Compliance for Approved Works to Protected Vegetation. This is also available in hard copy form.
Trimming a tree not on your property
If the tree or vegetation is on Council land, such as in a park, you should contact Council to request work.
If the tree or vegetation is a street tree, you can apply for a permit to carry out minor pruning work. Find out more.
If the tree or vegetation is protected and is on privately owned property you can apply for a permit, but generally the property owner will be required to sign the application or provide their written consent. Contact Council for more information.
Disputes between neighbours over protected vegetation
There are times when disputes between neighbours over protected vegetation can be satisfactorily resolved through pruning or maintenance of the vegetation via the permit application process. If a resolution cannot be reached unfortunately, these matters fall outside the jurisdiction of the NALL and should be referred to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). Any concerns you have regarding the impacts associated with vegetation, regardless of its protection status, can be referred to QCAT as they are the only authority able to make decisions in relation to these and other neighbour disputes.
Managing risks to people or property
In relation to ongoing maintenance of protected vegetation, the NALL does not stop you from undertaking works to the vegetation. Protected vegetation can be pruned and managed for ongoing maintenance purposes or to manage a hazardous situation. You may however need to have a permit to undertake the works. The permit application process is free.
Bushfire management and protected vegetation
In many parts of the city, bushfire management is necessary for the protection of property and the well-being of the community. Regular controlled burning in certain areas also helps to maintain or increase vegetation diversity, protect fauna habitat and reduce the risk of wildfire due to a build-up in leaf litter and other vegetative material. Queensland's bushfire season traditionally runs from August to November each year. Property owners who live in bushland areas are encouraged to prepare and protect their property from bushfire.
For more information on preparing for bushfire hazards visit Council's bushfires page.
Under NALL, if bushfire management is planned in an area of protected vegetation, property owners are required to apply for a permit. Bushfire management works can include installing firebreaks, carrying out vegetation clearing for fire hazard management and/or planning for a controlled burn.