Nature Strips and Trees

Most residents will have a nature strip which is the land between the road-side kerb and footpath or property boundary. This land will often contain a street tree and services such as water and gas.

Taking care of your nature strip and what to do if you wish to plant on your nature strip.

Mowing and Maintaining Nature Strips
Residents are required to mow the nature strip in front of their property. Residents are encouraged to water newly planted street trees in accordance with any water restrictions.

Nature Strip Planting 
Are you considering replacing a plant on your nature strip? We are happy to work with you to replace the plantings. 

Residents are not permitted to plant their own street trees as this is a Council function.  If you would like to request a new street tree please contact Customer Service on 8470 8888 or alternatively email

Nature Strip Planting Guidelines have been established to guide nature strip planting.
  1. Complete a Nature Strip Planting Application Form
  2. Submit via email, post or in-person to any Customer Service Centre.

You will be contacted to confirm if your application has been successful.

Submit your Application via post or email: 

Mail to:
Parks and Open Space
PO Box 91

Further Information:
Parks and Open Space
Phone: 8470 8888

Street trees are vital to the urban character of our neighbourhood, including trees in our parks. We can advise you on tree plantings, and arrange damaged or diseased trees to be inspected.

Individual tree planting occurs every year. Residents who require a tree for their nature strip should contact us.

If you are enquiring about the maintenance of street trees or tree maintenance in parks you should also contact us.

Damaged Street Trees
Have you noticed a damaged, dead or diseased tree on your neighbourhood or in a local park?

  1. Advise us of the location of the tree.
  2. We will arrange for an arborist to inspect the tree within the next 5 working days.
  3. If you are a resident, a card will be left in your letter box advising you when and what action is to be taken.

Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

Watering Street Trees
Under the Yarra Valley Water Drought Response Plan, street tree watering with a mobile water tanker has exemption under every stage of water restrictions. Darebin has obtained the relevant exemption to continue the program.

Residents are encouraged to water newly planted street trees in accordance with current restrictions. Mature drought tolerant trees should not require additional water unless during times of extreme drought in which case residents are advised to use grey water.


Rapid Canopy tree planting program

Rapid Canopy is Darebin City Council’s latest initiative to significantly improve the look and feel of our streets. It’s time to extend the beauty of our renowned open space reserves into our urban streetscapes.

With the aim to plant 6,000 new street trees across the municipality, this project will commence July 2020 and is expected to be completed by October 2021.

Trees are an investment in the future vitality and value of our streets and community. Once established, the new trees will provide additional canopy cover for our footpaths and roads, helping to keep them cooler in summer. The future treelined streetscapes will also provide habitat to local fauna, helping reduce the impact urbanisation has had on our ecosystem, while revitalising our neighbourhoods with native foliage.

Lucky residents who will be receiving a new tree outside their property will be notified of any planned works by mail.

We are taking into consideration any and all impacts a tree would have on its immediate area, because the safety and comfort of residents is always Darebin’s top priority.

If you have any questions or concerns please view the FAQs listed below, or email

Infill tree planting program

Darebin City Council plants approximately 250 trees per year as part of the infill or single tree planting program.


Following a request for a tree to be planted on a residents’ nature strip, Council’s Planning Arborist will inspect the location to determine if:

  • the location is suitable for planting

  • and a suitable street tree theme exists in the street


If both of the above are true, then the tree is added to the program to be implemented in the next planting season (May to October). All available spaces are usually planted as part of this process.


If there is no suitable tree theme, then the street will be scheduled on the whole-street tree program.


Whole street tree planting program

Darebin City Council plants approximately 1200 trees per year as part of the Greenstreets or whole-street planting program. This program assesses all trees in the street and consults with the residents to determine a suitable tree theme to plant in all available opportunities. All species offered are tailored to the particular needs of the street with a range of trees, including native and exotic. The ‘right tree for the right spot’ is offered as per Council’s Urban Forest Strategy.


Many site requirements are taken into account when selecting an appropriate tree species to plant. These site requirements can be viewed here.


The Whole Street Planting Program will re-commence at the completion of the Rapid Canopy Planting Program.


Electrical Line Clearance management and block tree pruning

Darebin City Council has a two year cyclic program that prunes all street trees to ensure compliance with electric lines clearance regulations, maintain the health and aesthetic appeal of the City’s tree population. All street trees are pruned to regulated clearances from electrical lines, road and pathways.


Darebin Councils’ approved Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan is available for viewing.


A map and timing of the pruning blocks can be viewed here

Street tree species selection process
In accordance with Council's GreenStreets Strategy, Darebin Parks has a focus on planting the right tree for the right location. This means a mixture of native/indigenous and exotic trees are planted to create species diversity, sustainability and resilience in our street tree population.

Site characteristics such as available growing space, proximity to powerlines, vehicle sightlines and pedestrian movement are just a few of the factors taken into consideration when selecting a particular species for each street. Additional factors such as preferred soil types, root system morphology and previous performance are also considered when selecting tree species for streetscapes.

View Council’s considerations for tree planting for more detail.

Shading and Solar panel access
Shading is often a desirable service provided by street trees helping to reduce the heat island effect. In some cases shade can conflict with other elements of a street. Council receives tree removal requests because shade from a street tree conflicts with their solar panels, vegetable garden or entry garden. A tree will not be removed solely because of the shade it casts on private property. Each request for tree removal will be assessed on its individual merits. Further information can be found in Council's GreenStreets Strategy.


With the increasing density of urban development occurring in Darebin we are seeing a reduction in the number of large trees on private land, therefore Council believes that the health and sustainability of our remaining trees is becoming increasingly important. Darebin uses the Planning Scheme and a Local Law to protect significant trees on private property.

Do I need a permit to remove a tree or vegetation on my property?
There are 2 situations where you will need a permit to remove a tree or vegetation on your property.

1. Your property has an existing planning permit, Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO), Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO) or Heritage Overlay (HO)
Trees or vegetation may be protected by a planning permit. To find out if your property is located within an overlay, visit
To check if there is an existing planning permit on your property, or for more information relating to the planning application process, contact our Planning Department on 03 8470 8888.

2. Your property has a significant tree
A significant tree is a tree that has a single or combined trunk circumference greater than 100cm (1000mm) measured at 1.5m above ground level and is taller than 8m.

A permit is not required to remove a tree (or part of a tree) in the following circumstances:

  •  The removal of part of a tree that poses an immediate risk to persons or property. Only that part of a tree that poses an immediate risk may be removed under this exemption; Trees declared as noxious weeds under the Catchment and Land Protections Act 1994;
  • The removal of dead fronds from a palm tree;
  • For pruning of non-structural branches 75mm in diameter or less. Residents are advised to contact Darebin Parks for advice.

How to apply for a Tree Protection Permit:

  1. Complete the Tree Protection Application Form
  2. Lodge your application to:
     F (03) 8470 8877
  3. On approval of this application an invoice will be provided for payment.

To view the Tree Protection Local Law frequently asked questions, click here.


Further Information:
Local Law Compliance
Phone: 8470 8888