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Before removing trees, shrubs or ground layer
vegetation, residents should make contact with
Council's Statutory Planning department to find
out if a planning permit is needed.
Many residents may not realise that a planning
permit is often required to remove or prune
vegetation on private land.
In some areas, a planning permit may be
necessary to remove trees of any species,
whether native or exotic.
Council strictly enforces vegetation planning
controls. For residents who do not obtain the
necessary approvals before they remove or prune
trees, Council can impose a penalty fine of up to
Council can also require someone who unlawfully
removes vegetation to replant trees at their cost.
They may also be required to pay Council's legal
fees if the matter is heard in court.
If you need more information or are about to
commence works on your property contact
Council's Statutory Planning unit on 5320 5500
before you start.
Check before you chop
Planning applications in Ballarat can now be
viewed on Council's website, with the recent
introduction of a new online system.
The new system makes it quick and easy to view
current planning applications.
Previously, Ballarat residents had to visit Council's
planning desk at The Phoenix, Armstrong Street
South to view a plan or make a submission.
This was not only time consuming for residents
but also impossible for property owners who live
out of town, in another state or even internationally
to view or make comments on planning
The new system means that applications
including plans and supporting documen
can be viewed online throughout the 14
Another feature of the new system is the
ability for residents to lodge and view on
comments on applications.
It's never been easier to have your say o
Ballarat's development proposals.
Planning permit applications
now just a click away
To view a planning
application simply visit
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