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Overlays

Unlike Planning Zones, Planning Overlays deal with 'works' rather than 'uses'; and determine particular circumstances in which a planning permit is required for a proposed development. These are applied to specific geographic areas at the discretion of the Planning Authority, addressing site specific requirements, and so vary from scheme to scheme.

The VPPs identify the following Overlays that require a planning permit for 'works' that impact on vegetation:

Vegetation protection overlay (VPO)

Purpose: To ensure that development minimises loss of vegetation; to protect areas of significant vegetation; and to maintain and enhance habitat. Permit required to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation specified in a schedule to the overlay; lists a number of exemptions.

Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO)

Purpose: To ensure that development is compatible with identified environmental values. Permit required to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation; lists a number of exemptions.

Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO)

Purpose: To conserve and enhance the character of significant landscapes.
Permit required to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation specified in a schedule to the overlay; lists a number of exemptions.

Erosion Management Overlay (EMO)

Purpose: To protect areas prone to erosion, landslip or other land degradation processes, by minimising land disturbance and inappropriate development.
Permit required to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation; lists a number of exemptions.

Salinity management overlay (SMO)

Purpose: To encourage development to be undertaken in a manner that brings about a reduction in salinity recharge; and to encourage revegetation of areas that contribute to salinity.Permit required to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation; lists a number of exemptions.

Heritage overlay (HO)

Purpose: To conserve and enhance places of natural or cultural significance.
Permit required to remove, destroy, prune or lop a tree if the schedule to the overlay identifies the heritage place as one where tree controls apply; lists a number of exemptions.

Particular provisions

Clause 52.17 Native Vegetation
Purpose: To protect and conserve native vegetation to reduce the impact of land and water degradation and provide habitat for plants and animals. A permit is required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation; lists a number of exemptions.

The Planning Schemes define 'native vegetation' to mean: Plants that are indigenous to Victoria, including trees, shrubs, herbs, and grasses.