Policy on 'Significant Trees and Vegetation Areas Register'

Consultation has concluded.

Fremantle approved LPP 2.23 in February 2019, the policy is now operational and forms part of the City's local planning policy manual. A copy of the policy, as adopted by Council, is available to download on via the Document Library on this page.

NEW NOMINATIONS: The next annual assessment and reporting period for nominations is scheduled for February to April 2020. Any nominations received prior to this time will be held on file.

Significant tree


We've prepared Local Planning Policy (LPP 2.23) to guide decision-making about the Register of Significant Trees and Vegetation Areas.


The purpose of this policy is to define how a tree or vegetation area can be nominated for the Register and the criteria the City will apply in considering nominations. It also outlines how the City will consider any development application received for a property containing a tree or vegetation on the Register (including requests for removal).


At its meeting on 27 February 2019, Council formally adopted Local Planning Policy 2.23, this means that the policy is now operational and forms part of the City's planning policy manual. You can download a copy of the final policy via the Document Library on this page or on the City's dedicated local planning policies web page.


Key points on the policy:

  • The tree or vegetation area must be nominated by, or formally supported by, the owner of the land on which it is located. A nomination form is available for download on this page, via the Document Library.
  • It must be a healthy specimen with ongoing viability. Viability considers factors such as proximity to buildings and infrastructure and development potential.
  • Initial inclusion on the Register would require formal nomination, an assessment by the City, a public consultation period & an annual Council decision. NOTE: Any nominations received prior to February 2020 will be held on file until the next annual reporting period, which is scheduled to be undertaken between February and April 2020.
  • The tree or vegetation area must demonstrate significance based on the criteria of:

    • Botanic / horticultural value (e.g. rare or endangered species);
    • Visual / aesthetic / landmark value;
    • Heritage value; or
    • Ecological value not otherwise protected through environmental legislation.
  • Assessment may include the commission of an independent arboricultural report.
  • It is proposed trees currently on the Heritage List be moved to the Register of Significant Trees and Vegetation Areas (heritage value criteria).

The following posters visually outline the key points of this new local planning policy. These posters can be downloaded as an Information Brochure via the Document Library on the right and side of this page. For the detailed policy provisions and procedures, please refer to the full policy document.




We've prepared Local Planning Policy (LPP 2.23) to guide decision-making about the Register of Significant Trees and Vegetation Areas.


The purpose of this policy is to define how a tree or vegetation area can be nominated for the Register and the criteria the City will apply in considering nominations. It also outlines how the City will consider any development application received for a property containing a tree or vegetation on the Register (including requests for removal).


At its meeting on 27 February 2019, Council formally adopted Local Planning Policy 2.23, this means that the policy is now operational and forms part of the City's planning policy manual. You can download a copy of the final policy via the Document Library on this page or on the City's dedicated local planning policies web page.


Key points on the policy:

  • The tree or vegetation area must be nominated by, or formally supported by, the owner of the land on which it is located. A nomination form is available for download on this page, via the Document Library.
  • It must be a healthy specimen with ongoing viability. Viability considers factors such as proximity to buildings and infrastructure and development potential.
  • Initial inclusion on the Register would require formal nomination, an assessment by the City, a public consultation period & an annual Council decision. NOTE: Any nominations received prior to February 2020 will be held on file until the next annual reporting period, which is scheduled to be undertaken between February and April 2020.
  • The tree or vegetation area must demonstrate significance based on the criteria of:

    • Botanic / horticultural value (e.g. rare or endangered species);
    • Visual / aesthetic / landmark value;
    • Heritage value; or
    • Ecological value not otherwise protected through environmental legislation.
  • Assessment may include the commission of an independent arboricultural report.
  • It is proposed trees currently on the Heritage List be moved to the Register of Significant Trees and Vegetation Areas (heritage value criteria).

The following posters visually outline the key points of this new local planning policy. These posters can be downloaded as an Information Brochure via the Document Library on the right and side of this page. For the detailed policy provisions and procedures, please refer to the full policy document.



Consultation has concluded.

Fremantle approved LPP 2.23 in February 2019, the policy is now operational and forms part of the City's local planning policy manual. A copy of the policy, as adopted by Council, is available to download on via the Document Library on this page.

NEW NOMINATIONS: The next annual assessment and reporting period for nominations is scheduled for February to April 2020. Any nominations received prior to this time will be held on file.

  • Final Council Decision - February 2019

    5 months ago

    At its meeting on 27 February 2019, the City of Fremantle Council gave its final approval of the new local planning policy (LPP 2.23). This means that the policy is now operational and forms part of the City's local planning policy manual. A copy of the policy, as adopted by Council, is available to download on via the Document Library on this page.

    NOTE - NEW NOMINATIONS: Any nominations received prior to February 2020 will be held on file until the next annual assessment and reporting period, which is scheduled to be undertaken between February and April 2020.

    At its meeting on 27 February 2019, the City of Fremantle Council gave its final approval of the new local planning policy (LPP 2.23). This means that the policy is now operational and forms part of the City's local planning policy manual. A copy of the policy, as adopted by Council, is available to download on via the Document Library on this page.

    NOTE - NEW NOMINATIONS: Any nominations received prior to February 2020 will be held on file until the next annual assessment and reporting period, which is scheduled to be undertaken between February and April 2020.

  • Council Consideration - February 2019

    7 months ago

    An item relating to the this proposal is currently scheduled to be considered by the Strategic Planning & Transport Committee on Wednesday 20 February 2019 and then at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 27 February 2019. Both meetings commence at the North Fremantle Community Hall, located at No. 2 Thompson Road, North Fremantle at 6.00pm.

    A report will be prepared by officers considering the outcomes of community consultation on the draft policy, and providing recommendations on the next steps forward.

    As part of the Council meeting process, there is the opportunity to make a deputation...

    An item relating to the this proposal is currently scheduled to be considered by the Strategic Planning & Transport Committee on Wednesday 20 February 2019 and then at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 27 February 2019. Both meetings commence at the North Fremantle Community Hall, located at No. 2 Thompson Road, North Fremantle at 6.00pm.

    A report will be prepared by officers considering the outcomes of community consultation on the draft policy, and providing recommendations on the next steps forward.

    As part of the Council meeting process, there is the opportunity to make a deputation to Committee and Council on this project. The opportunity to address the Committee on the proposal is limited to a maximum of three minutes. An opportunity to address the Council on the proposal is given during ‘Public Question Time’ only, and is also limited to a maximum of three minutes. Please contact the minute secretary on 9432 9999 or email planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au before 3.00 pm on the day of the meeting, or register at the venue before 5.50 pm.

    Copies of the agenda, including the report and any attachments for the abovementioned item, are available for viewing from the Friday afternoon prior to the meeting. The agenda may be downloaded from the City’s website www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/council/agendas-and-minutes or can be viewed at the City Library located on the ground floor of the council offices at the Fremantle Oval, 70 Parry Street, Fremantle, during normal library hours.

    Should there be any queries on this project in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Strategic Planning Department.
  • Submission Period Closed

    8 months ago

    The public submission period for this project has now closed.

    Submissions received are currently being reviewed and a report on the outcomes of consultation and final recommendations will be presented for consideration of the Council early in 2019. At this stage, it is anticipated that a report will be presented to the February 2019 round of Council meetings, however specific dates will be provided on this page once confirmed.

    In the meantime, if there are any further queries relating to this project, please feel free to contact the City’s Strategic Planning Department via the contact listed on the right hand...

    The public submission period for this project has now closed.

    Submissions received are currently being reviewed and a report on the outcomes of consultation and final recommendations will be presented for consideration of the Council early in 2019. At this stage, it is anticipated that a report will be presented to the February 2019 round of Council meetings, however specific dates will be provided on this page once confirmed.

    In the meantime, if there are any further queries relating to this project, please feel free to contact the City’s Strategic Planning Department via the contact listed on the right hand side of this page.