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Tree removal - private land

Tree removal – private land

We protect trees and vegetation on private land to preserve the City's character, amenity, biodiversity, historical and ecological values. Over 90 per cent of the trees and vegetation in our city are on private land. They form an important part of our city’s urban forest.

If a land owner wishes to remove or damage any protected vegetation on their property, submission of an application may be required.

There are a number of checks that need to be conducted in regards to the size, condition and location of the tree before any vegetation can be removed.

Use our checklist to find out if an application is required: Do I need to lodge an application for the removal of vegetation on my property? This checklist contains the following questions:

The checklist will advise if the vegetation you wish to remove is either accepted development or assessable development.

Accepted development

An application to the City of Gold Coast is not required if the proposed works can be undertaken in accordance with the required outcomes for accepted development. Damage to the vegetation can be undertaken without City approval and no application is required.

The City will not remove trees from any private land, so please ensure you engage your own tree specialist/contractor to do the work. For further information, refer to the Hiring an arborist or tree contractor page.

Assessable development

An application to the City is required if the proposed works can not be undertaken in accordance with the required outcomes for accepted development.

Damage to the vegetation cannot be undertaken without City approval and an application is required. Please refer to the Application lodgement page for further instructions on how to submit an application.

To report illegal tree removal on public or private land, use our online Report a problem - Tree clearing and vegetation form.

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