Councils development control plan (DCP) chapter G4 sets out when you are required to obtain a development approval to remove or prune trees on your land. To make it easier for land owners to manage risks on their land some trees are exempt from the DCP and can be removed without consent.
Please read our information brochure Removing Trees on Private Land. If you require information or assistance in determining whether you need approval you can contact Council’s Environmental Services section on (02) 4429 3610 or by e-mail.
Tree Pruning/Removal Application Forms
If you are removing less than 10 trees you can use a simplified form to submit your request Application for Tree Removal Form (PDF 145kb)
More than 10 trees will require you to fill in a Development Application Form.
An application fee will be required for the removal/pruning of trees. Please refer to Councils fees and charges.
How does Council assess applications for tree removal or pruning?
Your application for tree removal or pruning is assessed by a Council Environmental Health Officer against the DCP. This DCP requires the Officer to consider the environmental and aesthetic value of the tree and the potential risk that the tree poses to nearby land or property before making a determination.
Who do I contact if I think trees are being removed illegally?
If you see trees being removed and you suspect the work is illegal you can contact Council’s Rangers Section (02) 4429 3433 for investigation.