Do you need tree removal permits in Logan?

If you’re wondering whether you need tree removal permits in Logan, then the short answer is that it depends on the trees and the location. That’s because Logan City has many areas that are considered to have significant biodiversity, whether as habitat or corridors for wildlife or areas of native vegetation. This means that if you clear your land, lop or remove trees and you don’t have a permit (if one is required) you can be in serious trouble with the council.

How do you know if you need a permit?

Basically, if your trees are in a biodiversity or koala corridor or an environmental management and conservation area, you might not be able to remove them at all. The problem is that you need to find out whether this applies to your property and there are three ways to do this.

The first way is to ask Don, our professional arborist at Kiwi Tree Lopping, who will be able to give you the right advice about obtaining tree removal permits in Logan. The second option is to ring the council and find someone who can answer your questions, whilst the third option is to find this information out for yourself.

If you prefer the third option or you’re just interested to know how you can discover the information yourself, here’s what you need to do.

Go to the Logan Planning Scheme 2015 page on the Logan website.
At the top of the screen, type in the address of the property where you want to remove or lop trees.
Once the page has opened up, look at the map tools on the right hand side of the page. Click on Overlays (Part 8) followed by OM-02.01 Vegetation Management Areas. You can also click on OM-02.02 Biodiversity Corridor, OM-02.02 Koala Corridor, OM-02.02 Environmental Management and Conservation Area and OM-14 Waterway Corridor Wetland.

Anything shown in light pink on the Vegetation Management Areas map is considered to be primary vegetation and means that all native vegetation in these areas is protected. Anything shown in light green is considered to be secondary vegetation and protects native trees greater than 4m tall or with a trunk that’s 31.5cm or greater (measured 1.3m from the ground). So it’s very clear whether or not you can remove or lop trees and whether you do or don’t need to apply for tree removal permits in Logan.

This means that if it’s located in the Vegetation Management Areas and is either light pink or light green then you need to apply to the council for a permit. There are exemptions, however, that might let you clear the land, remove or lop protected trees. You will still need to apply to council for a permit, but it can make the outcome more positive if you believe you fulfill the exemption criteria.

It’s also important to note that you can’t remove, cut down or lop a dead tree if it is providing a nest for a possum or other protected species. These trees can be protected by a VPO (Vegetation Protection Order) and issued by the council. You can be fined if you damage these trees, even if it’s causing problems on your land. Check the Queensland Heritage Register for VPOs on your land and contact the council, because you might be able to overturn a VPO by going through QCAT.

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Exemptions for clearing land, removing or lopping trees

These exemptions are fairly complicated, particularly since under QLD legislation, lopping a tree is not considered to be clearing vegetation. So basically, if the trees you want removed are not located in the following map overlays, then you can remove or lop them without obtaining tree removal permits in Logan:

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There are also other rules that govern clearing in bushfire areas to reduce the fuel load. However, given the complexity of these rules, it’s advisable to contact Logan council and ask whether or not you need a permit. Otherwise you might interpret these rules incorrectly and end up in trouble. These rules are outlined on the council’s Vegetation Management Fact Sheet.

Applying for tree removal permits in Logan

If you have waded your way through all the relevant information and decided that you might need tree removal permits in Logan to remove or lop trees on your land, then you need to complete and submit an application form. This in itself is a monumental task!

Your application form will need the following information:

  • Name and consent of property owner.
  • Reasons for clearing.
  • Any proposed revegetation or rehabilitation of the site.
  • Site plan with all buildings, driveways, boundaries, easements and so on.
  • Site plan must include information about trees to remain and those to be cleared.
  • Site plan must include tree species.
  • Site plan must include tree size (height, canopy and circumference at 1.3m above ground).
  • Site plan must include trees with nests, hollows or other nesting/roosting values.

Laws regarding land clearing in QLD

The Vegetation Management Act 1999 is administered by the Queensland Department of Resources.

You can also apply for environmental offset when clearing land that may impact koalas and their habitat. This is covered in the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation (Koala Protection) Amendment Regulation 2020.

Ask Kiwi Tree Lopping for help!

It’s not always easy to wade your way through all this information just to find out if you can or cannot lop or remove a tree on your land. There’s no need to worry, because Don, our professional arborist, can advise you about tree removal permits in Logan. He can also come over, inspect the site and the trees you want removed or lopped and let you know whether you need a permit or not.

If you want to discover this information for yourself, we have provided all the relevant links for you, but it’s much easier to call Kiwi Tree Lopping for a free quote and we’ll let you know if you need a permit.

So whether you need tree removal permits in Logan or you have no idea – give us a call and we’ll be onsite in no time at all!