Information on planting, pruning and removing trees

Trees located on the street verge are only to be pruned or removed by the City or its contractors. Watering of the tree is the responsibility of the owner.

Pruning is periodically undertaken by the City to ensure that trees located under overhead power lines are maintained to meet guidelines in accordance with Western Power requirements and their schedule.

Residents can contact the City to request an inspection or maintenance should they have concerns regarding the health, location or safety of a tree.

Please note: The City is not responsible for the maintenance of new estates. For queries contact the relevant developer.

Request for new trees

Property owners can request a tree to be planted on the verge next to their property by completing our online street tree request form or downloading the street tree request application form, however as tree stocks are limited, supply cannot be guaranteed.

Removal of street trees

The City does not support the removal of healthy, stable and viable trees and will not consider the removal of trees for reasons such as; to reduce leaf litter or to improve or create views. Upon receipt of a request for a tree removal form, City officers will inspect and consider removal in accordance with Councils policy for tree removal.

Street tree pruning

City of Mandurah completes pruning and maintenance on an annual schedule. Contact the City at 9550 3777 for more information on the schedule. 

Submit a request for a street tree

The City's Tree Preservation Areas are part of our greening strategy to protect mature trees and the benefits they provide.

This scheme is not limited to City-owned trees. Trees in your backyard are a key part of our environment and contribute to local biodiversity and our sense of place. 

To nurture and grow our canopy throughout the city, permission must be sought from the City for any works in these areas. The topping, lopping, removing, pruning, transplanting, filling or excavating around, injuring, or destruction of any bushland or tree(s), with a height greater than 3 metres is prohibited in these areas without permission from the City. 

How are Tree Preservation Areas determined?
Tree Preservation Areas are:

  • All land within 120 m of the high watermark of a watercourse or the boundary of riparian vegetation for non-tidal affected wetlands
    land with a slope above 10%
  • Land that is zoned Residential with a density coding of R2, R2.5 or R5
  • All other zoned land with a lot area greater than 4000m2
  • Land that is nominated as a Tree Preservation Area as part of an Outline Development Plan
  • Or where a tree or bushland is registered or nominated for registration on the City's Significant Tree Register.

How to check if your property is in a Tree Preservation Area:
Check our mapping system

  • Under Modules select Town Planning
  • Under Layers select Tree Preservation Areas
  • Search for your address

or call the City on 9550 3777 for help.

Learn more about why trees matter

Whether an approval is required or not, before undertaking any tree removal, pruning or other vegetation removal check carefully for any fauna. Properties located south of the Dawesville Cut may provide habitat for Western Ringtail Possums (Critically Endangered) and / or Black Cockatoos (Endangered). There are also potential occurrences of threatened ecological communities in  Parklands, Herron, Bouvard, Lake Clifton.

The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018 provide protection for biodiversity, particularly threatened species and threatened ecological communities. If a threatened species or ecological community is present on your property, you may be required to obtain a permit from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Please use the contact details below for advice.

Species and Communities Program
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Locked Bag 104
Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983


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Helpful documents

Street Tree Pruning Schedule (PDF - 486.7KB)
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Tree removal request assessment (PDF - 72.1KB)
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Trees along a footpath near a park

FAQs about trees

Shrubs are all plants less than 3m high. You can trim, prune or remove shrubs on your property. Keep in mind that dense shrubs are often home to small birds, so avoid pruning in peak breeding season so you don't disrupt their nests.
Trees are all plants more than 3m high. If your property is in a Tree Preservation Area, you need permission to prune, remove or otherwise alter trees.
If you are in a Tree Preservation Area you can't cut down any tree, regardless of species, over 3m without planning approval. This is the same for pruning trees in these areas.
Lopping does not make a tree safe, it makes them much more dangerous. Simply removing the ends of tall branches does not make these trees safer and in fact can make them more prone to future limb failure. Lopping of eucalypts encourages the development of epicormic growths which are more poorly attached and more likely to peel away and fall than those branches which form as the tree is allowed to develop naturally. This regrowth must then be trimmed every three to four years to prevent limb failure, significantly increasing the costs associated with tree maintenance. In some circumstances, trees which have been lopped or pruned poorly in the past are no longer able to be retained safely and are best removed. If you feel that a tree is unsafe or requires pruning, please consult a qualified arboriculturalist (not a tree lopping company) and ask them to recommend what works should be undertaken. If the tree is deemed unsafe or in need of remedial pruning, please contact the City’s Environmental Services Team, to determine if these works are exempt or require a planning approval before being undertaken.
Native trees do not only absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses and release oxygen, but one large tree can supply a day's supply of oxygen for four people, in addition to also providing food and habitat for our local wildlife. Many of these local wildlife depend on mature, hollow-bearing trees for their very survival. These trees can take many decades to form and cannot be replaced once cut down, hence the City’s collaboration with residents to keep as many of these invaluable tree assets as possible.