Planting near sewers, drains and water mains

We must approve any planting works over or near pipe reserves, easements and floodways. The roots of trees and shrubs can block or damage drains, sewers and water mains – and may cost you for repairs or removal.

Information on planting in waterways:

Approval steps

  1. Apply for approval

Lodge your application

Ensure you include:

  • cover letter outlining the proposed planting project
  • detailed plan(s)
  • list of proposed plants

Allow us 28 days to review your application and respond.

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Talk to us about your planting project – save time and avoid costly mistakes. Call (03) 9679 6614 or

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