Clearing and Tree Removal

Download form, Reasons for Removal, Safety, Bushfire Risk


If you wish to clear or modify* trees or native vegetation on your property, please submit the form below to apply. This service is free and will determine if you need to lodge a Development Application.
If the proposed works require a Development Application under the Kingborough Interim Planning Scheme 2015 fees may apply.
This request form must be filled out by the landowner or accompanied by consent form signed by the landowner.

*modify: includes the pruning and topping of trees and the selective removal of native understory species.

Reasons for Vegetation Removal

Do not complete this form if the proposed activity is associated with a future development. These trees will be assessed as part of a development application process in accordance with the Kingborough Interim Planning Scheme 2015.

Safety or Risk to Infrastructure

If you are proposing to remove a tree(s) due to safety concerns or risk of damage, you may be required to provide a supporting report from a suitably qualified arborist. This report should include a quantitative assessment of the tree(s), detailing management options or a recommendation for removal of the tree/s. A recommendation for removal must be supported by an ‘not acceptable’ outcome from the quantitative assessment.

Bushfire Risk

If you are proposing to remove vegetation relating to potential bushfire risk you may be required to provide a Bushfire Hazard Management Plan prepared by an TFS accredited bushfire practitioner outlining the minimum required clearing. See here for information.  Clearing for bushfire purposes may also require submitting a development application.

What you need to submit

To request to clear or modify trees, or native vegetation on your property, please submit this form. Fill it out and email to or send it directly to council.
Please include a sketch plan with each application containing sufficient details to clearly identify the vegetation you want to remove or modify to assist with the assessment process.

Example of sketch plan

Please Note

It is important to note that other agencies such as, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) and Forest Practices Authority (FPA) in Tasmania also regulate vegetation removal in certain circumstances. Please check their permit requirements before removing vegetation. It is advised that you have all required approvals, or proof of exemption before commencing any work.