In areas of Manningham with significant environmental or landscape values the planning scheme controls the removal of vegetation. In these areas you are generally required to obtain a planning permit before vegetation can be removed.
Vegetation includes a broad range of plants from ground covers and grasses up to large canopy trees, including exotic and native species.
A number of factors may trigger the need for a planning permit for the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation. These factors may include the size of the land, Planning Overlays, requirements of existing planning approvals/plans, Enforcement Orders or Legal Agreements that are registered on the Land Title.
However, in areas where the risk of bushfire is significant and likely to pose a threat to life and property, for example in those areas affected by the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO), you are allowed, under certain circumstances, to remove vegetation to create a defendable space around buildings used for accommodation, without the need to obtain a planning permit. For more information, view Vegetation and tree removal for bushfire protection (223.4 KB).
Vegetation management alone will not provide adequate protection
Managing the vegetation around your home and property can only assist in fire protection by reducing the spread, speed and heat of a bushfire. It can contribute to your safety in three main ways:
- By helping your home survive the passage of the fire front and providing a place to take shelter;
- By providing an area for you to defend your home from ember attack; and
- By reducing the chance of direct flame contact and radiant heat igniting your home.
However, you should not rely on vegetation management alone to protect yourself and your property from bushfire. Low fuel areas such as driveways, pools, tennis courts, gravelled areas, mown lawns and dams can also help reduce fire intensity.
You should develop a well considered bushfire survival plan to incorporate all the key issues including water supply, vegetation management, emergency vehicle access, equipment and clothing, design and siting of your buildings including measures that can be taken to increase their and your chances of survival in a bushfire.
- The CFA for information on emergency management and preparing your property for the fire season.
- The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for information about clearing vegetation from your property and building in bushfire prone areas.
- The Department of Environment and Primary Industries for Information on vegetation management and bushfire preparedness.
- The Land Channel to use the free interactive map service and individual property report tool to find out if you are living in a bushfire prone area.
- The Victorian Building Association for information on the new regulations and bushfire attack levels, If you are building or making significant alteration to a dwelling.
Acknowledgement: This information has been prepared by Council in consultation with CFA.
Disclaimer: This information is provided as a guide. If you have any uncertainty about applying the information to your particular circumstances, you should obtain further professional advice. Manningham Council does not accept any responsibility for how you apply, interpret or rely on the information in this brochure. Council accepts no liability for any loss or damage resulting from your use of this information, due to unintended inaccuracy, omission or any other cause.