Vegetation Removal

The Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme provides for the protection of native and exotic vegetation.

Reasons include:

  • the Peninsula has less than 10 per cent of its original native vegetation 
  • vegetation is an important part of the landscape that makes the peninsula an attractive place to live. 

The planning scheme explains these matters in more detail and triggers a need for a planning permit in cases where there is a risk to the character of an area or environmental issues.

To determine if a planning permit is required for the removal of vegetation from your land: 

For more information about applying for a planning permit, please visit our About Planning section.

Bushfire Protection Exemptions

There are some exemptions in place for vegetation removal to allow people to protect their homes from bushfire.

These exemptions are part of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme - Clause 52.12 - Bushfire Protection: Exemptions, and are sometimes referred to as the 10/30 and the 10/50 rules.

The below video provides an overview and explanation of the exemptions.

For a detailed explanation, you can view Clause 52.12 - Bushfire Protection: Exemptions here.

Please note the above video references Clause 52.48. Due to a recent Planning Scheme Amendment VC148, the clause has renamed to 52.12 - Bushfire Protection: Exemptions.

If you would like further details or would like to know whether these exemptions apply to your property, please contact the Planning Services Team on 5950 1010.

Indigenous Planting Guides

Refer to the Shire Nursery section (About Native & Indigenous Plants) of our website for a list of downloadable indigenous planting guides.