Tree and vegetation approval - Brisbane City Council - Queensland


You will need this approval if you intend to clear or work near protected trees and vegetation on private property. Protected vegetation includes trees and vegetation which are native to Australia.

Your local council may have specific restrictions on interference with significant trees, which includes undertaking works nearby. Significant trees might have cultural, historical or horticultural significance, have large trunk diameter or form part of a canopy.

You will require a state government clearing permit if you intend to clear or work near:

  • protected trees and vegetation on public property
  • remnant vegetation from a private property (remnant vegetation refers to areas of intact or untouched native vegetation or bushland).

All marine plants, such as mangroves, are protected under state legislation.

Please note that in a Priority Development Area (PDA), the clearing of vegetation (i.e. removal of the vegetation) may be regulated by the development scheme. If this is the case, a PDA development application is required to be lodged, assessed and approved prior to clearing the vegetation. More information can be found here.

Service type


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


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You do not need to pay any fees.

Lodgement process


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 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.

Administering agency

Brisbane City Council

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