Tree removal on Private Property
State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP)
- cut down, fell, uproot, kill, poison, ringbark, burn or otherwise destroy the vegetation
- lop or otherwise remove a substantial part of the vegetation.
- Council can only grant approval for:
- non-native vegetation
- for native vegetation where the tree removal or clearing of vegetation is below the ‘biodiversity offsets scheme threshold’ under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
- If the tree removal or clearing of vegetation involves native vegetation and the clearing is above the ‘biodiversity offsets scheme threshold’ under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, approval can only be given by the Native Vegetation Panel. The Native Vegetation Panel is an independent body established under the Local Land Services Act 2013. Application to the Native Vegetation Panel can be made through the Local Land Services.
- if the clearing of trees and/or other vegetation is authorised under Section 600 of the Local Land Services Act 2013
- if Council is satisfied * that the trees or other vegetation is dead or dying, and is not required as habitat for native animals
- if Council is satisfied * that the trees or other vegetation is a risk to human life or property.
What type of Approval from Council do I need?
- Use for the clearing of trees or other vegetation (except for heritage).
- Use where:
- a tree or other vegetation is, or forms part of, a heritage item;
- a tree or other vegetation is within a heritage conservation area;
- a tree or other vegetation is, or forms part of, an Aboriginal object;
- a tree or other vegetation is within an Aboriginal place of heritage significance;
Written confirmation – When is it needed?
Hawkesbury Development Control Plan requires written confirmation that Council is satisfied that a tree is dead, dying or dangerous be obtained prior to works being carried out on that tree.
Approval to prune a tree is not required, however if pruning is not carried out properly it could injure or destroy the tree, or make the tree unsafe. To ensure that your proposed pruning is carried out correctly, you can obtain written confirmation from Council that the works are consistent with the Australian Standard (AS 4373-2007) for the Pruning of Amenity Trees.
The following form is to be used if you seek to obtain written confirmation that a tree is dead, dying or dangerous, or that your proposed pruning works will not harm a tree:
You can contact Council’s Duty Officer on (02) 4560 4444 during business hours.
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