Trees and development

Trees provide a range of economic, social, environmental and public health benefits yet canopy cover across the City is declining.

A majority of the canopy loss occurring is the result of development on private land. To reduce these losses and increase the planting of new trees to replace what is being lost, a number of requirements have been introduced to ensure that trees are considered during development. 

Private trees

Retention or planting of trees on private land is required

Developments valued at $100,000 or above are now required to

  • Retain 1 significant existing tree for each 500m2 of land or
  • Plant 1 new advanced tree for each 500m2 of land where no significant trees exist.

These requirements came into effect in October 2017 through Local Planning Policy 6.11 - Trees and Development and Local Planning Scheme Amendment 9. 

Planting of new trees in car parks is required

Local Planning Policy 6.6 Lanscaping requires a minimum of 1 tree for each 6 car bays to be planted in new car parks.

Assistance for developers is available

Free consultations with a qualified arborist are available for landowners who wish to retain an existing significant tree on their development site.

Advice can be provided on:

  • The trees age, health and Helliwell value
  • The location of the trees’ root system and what level of encroachment is possible without adverse effects
  • Materials and construction methods which can be used in the root zone to achieve your desired outcome while preserving the trees health 
  • Site management during development to protect the tree and prevent damage and stress.
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Street trees

Street trees contribute to the visual amenity of streets, provide shade and cooling for homes and footpaths, and provide food and habitat for wildlife. Street trees are the property of the City of Stirling and must be protected during development on adjacent private land.

Developments and crossovers must be planned around existing street trees

Street trees will not be removed to allow development on private land. New developments should be planned so that driveways and crossovers do not conflict with street trees and the required setbacks are achieved. Setbacks are based upon tree trunk diameter and are required so that sufficient space is available for future tree growth and to prevent damage to driveways by tree roots.

For more information, visit the crossover page.

Subdivision must be planned around street trees

Street trees will not be removed to allow development on private land. The location and width of driveways on subdivided land will be impacted by existing street trees. Subdivision plans should consider how future homes can be developed and crossovers located while achieving required setbacks from existing street trees.

For more informatoin, visit the crossover page.

Street trees must be protected from damage during development

A physical barrier or Tree Protection Zone must be installed around street trees to protect them from accidental or deliberate damage during construction and development on adjacent private land.

For more information, view the Reserve and Street Tree Policy.

Tree bonds are held to prevent damage during development

Bond values are based upon the trees Helliwell value. Bonds may be forfeit if street trees are damaged or die as a result of development.

For more information, view the Reserve and Street Tree Policy.

Pruning to enable access during development

In some circumstances street tree pruning may be required to allow large vehicles to access development sites. Pruning of street trees by residents, builders or any private individual is forbidden: please contact the City of Stirling to request tree pruning. 

Street trees for new developments

Where no street tree currently exits and the adjacent private property is developed, the City will plant one or more new street trees on the verge. Tree planting is a condition of Development Approval and fees apply. 

Document nameDownloadable files
6.11 Trees and Development Policy231.4KB (PDF)
6.11 Trees and Development Guidelines293.2KB (PDF)