Most of Maroondah is subject to vegetation controls, which protect trees, and identifiy when a planning permit is required for removal,
ie the Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO) and the Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO).
Under the SLO there is a planning control exemption for a dangerous tree.
A declared dangerous tree in an SLO area
Under the SLO, the exemption to deal with dangerous trees is covered by the following and applies to the whole tree.
A tree which is dead or dying or has become dangerous as declared by a suitably qualified person.
This declaration must be in writing and made by a suitably qualified person, ie arborist (preferably a Cert. V Arborist).
Removal of a tree that does not meet this exemption may be subject to enforcement action being taken.
Under the Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO) and the Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO) the following exemption applies and is designed to deal with an emergency eg fire, burst water main, gas leak etc.
The requirement to obtain a permit does not apply to emergency works:
Vegetation that is to be removed, destroyed or lopped:
- in an emergency by, or on behalf of, a public authority or municipal council to create an emergency access or to enable emergency works; or
- where it presents an immediate risk of personal injury or damage to property. Only that part of the vegetation that presents the immediate risk may be removed, destroyed or lopped under this exemption.