Our development control plans (DCPs) set out when you are required to obtain a development approval to remove or prune vegetation (including trees) on your land. To make it easier for land owners to manage risks on their land some types of trees/vegetation are exempt and can be removed without consent.
It is a requirement for anyone proposing to clear tress or other vegetation to refer to the relevant DCP to confirm what requirements, if any, apply to their specific circumstances.
If you require information or assistance in determining whether you need approval you can contact our office on 1300 735025 or by e-mail.
An application fee will be required for the removal/pruning of trees and other vegetation where it requires consent. Please refer to our fees and charges.
Tree/vegetation removal or pruning on both Urban Land and Environmental Land is assessed by a Council Officer against our DCPs, the NSW Vegetation SEPP and the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act requirements. We require our Officer to consider the environmental and aesthetic values of the tree/vegetation and the potential risk that the tree/vegetation poses to nearby land or property before making a determination.
If you are removing trees or other vegetation on rural land you must seek approval through NSW Local Land Services on 1300 778 080).
If you see trees or other vegetation being removed and you suspect the work is illegal you can contact our office on 1300 735 025 for investigation.