Vegetation Protection Orders (VPOs) are made through council’s Local Law No.49 – Protection of Important Vegetation. Council uses the law to protect vegetation of extensive value. The vegetation may be an individual tree, cluster of trees or a large wooded area with undergrowth.
Having protected vegetation on your property does not mean you can’t use or manage it. Advice, support and in some circumstances a management plan, is provided to the property owner.
The law describes the process for making a VPO. It involves:
Vegetation can be nominated by completing an application form (PDF, 123.5 KB) and emailing or sending it to council. In situations where the applicant/nominee is not the owner of the land on which the vegetation is located, it is essential that either the owner has given consent or information is provided detailing why consent is not granted.
Nominations can be made for an individual tree, cluster of trees or a large wooded area with undergrowth.
The nomination must state how the vegetation meets at least one of the following objects of the law including:
Examples (but not limited to):
(a) A valuable part of the natural heritage of the area.
(b) An example of a threatened species or a species that may be about to become, a threatened species.
(c) A valuable scientific resource.
(d) Valuable source of propagating stock or of other horticultural value.
(e) Of historic or cultural significance.
(f) A valuable educational or recreational resource.
(g) An important habitat for native animals (including native or migratory birds) or a part of a fauna and flora corridor.
(h) A key part of a vegetation system or other ecological system.
(i) Important for protecting a water catchment area.
(j) Important for its aesthetic value or its beneficial effect on the amenity of the locality in which it is situated.
(k) Planted for the purpose of meeting obligations under offsets or related environmental management schemes or legislation.
The nomination will be assessed against the objectives of the law to determine if a VPO will be placed over the vegetation. Assessment will be carried out within 15 business days.
If a site visit or further information is needed, a council officer will be in contact.
For urgent nominations where the vegetation is under immediate threat, or for general vegetation protection enquiries, phone council on (07) 3810 6666.
The law provides for affected residents and the community to have their say through a submission process.
A list of recently made VPOs in the public consultation phase can be found in the following table:
Trees, Cluster of Trees & Area of Vegetation
Category of Protection
Submission Closure Date
Any person can make a submission objecting to or supporting the making of a VPO.
To be considered a properly made submission, the submission must be in writing and signed by the submitter. The submission must be addressed to “Chief Executive Officer. Attention: Natural Environment & Land Manager”.
Electronic submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions sent via post should be addressed to PO Box 191, Ipswich QLD 4305.
Submissions must state:
Council will consider all properly made submissions.
Council may, upon consideration of any properly made submission, and without further consultation, confirm or revoke a VPO as set out in the Local Law.