Tree Management Application

See a list of common questions in regards to the Tree Management Application.


Lodging a Tree Management Application

When is a Tree Management Application Needed?

You must complete a Tree Management Application (linked below) and pay the relevant fee to get a permit for managing trees. The fees are in accordance with Council's fees and charges 2020/21 (updated each financial year).

You will need approval if:

  • The tree(s) is not on Council's Exemption List (See FAQ's below for full list)
  • The proposed clearing is on land with an Environmental Protection Zoning under Council's Local Environment Plan
  • Your clearing is not permitted under State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in non rural areas) 2017
  • You have Threatened Species, a Biobanking site or Endangered Ecological Community
  • If the clearing is on slopes greater than 15 degrees
  • In a water course
  • Or if the removal activity is pre-empting another activity such as agriculture or a residential dwelling or shed etc.

You may also need consent for tree removal if you are planning on constructing a driveway where established trees already exist. Visit our Driveways page to find out more about tree removal for the construction of driveways.

How Long Does a Permit Last?

Tree Management Permits are valid for 12 (twelve) months from date of issue. 

When Should You Hear Back?

The completed form with the owner's consent and payment must be submitted to Council and will be assessed within 14 business days. This can vary depending on the number Council has received. Delays may occur due to storms and other emergencies. Residents should contact Council's Customer Service on (02) 4677 1100 if they would like to know how their application is proceeding.

If you have concerns about your safety from a falling tree please contact an arborist or if your concerns are more immediate and you believe the tree is about to fall you can contact the State Emergency Services on 132 500.

If Your Application is Refused

If your application is refused you can lodge an appeal through Council or the Land and Environment Court.


Are You Developing and Wish to Remove a Tree?

Tree Management Forms cannot be used to remove trees for the purposes of development.

If you wish to remove trees for development you will need to lodge a Development Application Form.  Tree removal will be assessed as part of the development application process.

Development applications for tree or other vegetation removal should include the following information:

  • A completed Development Application form signed by the property owner
  • Five copies of the site plan accurately showing scale, north point, the dimensions of the property, the location of all vegetation on the property and the extent of tree clearance for which approval is being sought
  • Payment of the Development Application fee in accordance with Council's Fees and Charges
  • Please Note: An Arborist report or a Flora and Fauna Survey may be required following an initial inspection by Council's Environmental Officer.


Tree Management Application Form

Complete the PDF Tier 1 Application or PDF Tier 2 Application, and email to


Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about a tree that appears to be dangerous, Council recommends that you contact either a consulting arborist to inspect the tree and remove it if posing imminent danger. A tree is exempt from requiring approval if a consulting level 5 arborist or Council Officer identifies it as an imminent hazard or risk.

Council requires you take a photo(s) with supporting evidence for trees that are removed in this manner. This evidence must be submitted with a valid Tree Management Application after the tree removal. This is to ensure you are not liable for a fine if the tree was proven to be in good health.

If it is found that the tree does not pose an immediate hazard you may apply for an exemption, permit or Development Application from Council for its removal.

If the dangerous tree is on Council property (including on nature strips), please make a Customer Request to Council.

In the circumstance where a tree has fully or partially failed and is presenting a risk to persons or property, or is blocking access; the SES may be able to assist. The SES can be contacted on 13 25 00.


Any person that undertakes or authorises tree clearance that contravenes the provisions of the Tree Preservation Order shall be guilty of an offence against the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and will be liable to prosecution.

A person found guilty of an offence against the Act shall be liable to a penalty. In addition to a penalty, a person found guilty of an offence may be required to plant new trees and vegetation, and maintain them to a mature growth.

 No you do not need to be home when the inspection is taking place. However, clearly marking the tree that requires inspection with some paint or a ribbon will assist Council with it's assessment of the tree.

No, assessment of the removal of the tree will normally occur as part of the overall assessment of the Development Application.

Removal of a tree or vegetation that is declared a weed regional significance by the NSW Government under the Biosecurity Act 2015 can be removed without prior approval. To find out more information about what tree removals the exemptions cover please see Council's Fact Sheet.

Additionally any species of tree identified below regardless of size is exempt from approval; unless the tree is affected by heritage protections:

Common Tree Name

Scientific Tree Name

African Olive

Olea Europaea


Phyllostachys Spp, Bambusa Spp, Aundanaria

Black Locust

Robinia Pseudoacacia Spp

Box Elder

Acer Negundo

Camphor Laurel (less than 20m in height only)

Cinnamomum Camphora

Canary Island Date Palm

Phoenix Canariensis


Senna Pendula

Chinese Celtis

Celtis Sinensis

Cocos Palm/Queen Palm

Syagrus Romanzoffiana

Cootamundra Wattle

Acacia Baileyana

Coral Tree

Erythrina x Sykesii


Cotoneaster Spp.

Date Palm

Phoenix Dactylifera

Evergreen Alder

Alnus Jorulensis

Evergreen Ash

Fraxinus Griffithii

Golden Wreath Wattle

Acacia Saligna

Honey Locust

Gleditsia Triacanthos

Ice Cream Bean

Inga Edulis

Leighton's Green Pine

Cupressocyparis x Leylandii


Ligustrum Spp.


Nerium Oleander


Schinus Spp.

Radiata Pine (less than 20m in height only)

Pinus Radiata

Poplay (less than 20m in height only)

Populus Spp.

Queensland Silver Wattle

Acacia Podalyriifolia

Rhus Tree

Toxiocodendron Succedaneum

Rubber Tree

Ficus Elastica

Silky Oak

Grevillea Robusta

Sweet Pittosporum

Pittosporum Undulatum

Tree Lucerne

Tagasaste Chamaecytisus Palmensis

Tree of Heaven

Ailanthus Altissima

Umbrella Tree

Schefflera Actinophylla

Wild Tobacco Tree

Solanum Mauritianum


Salix Spp.

Yellow Bells

Tecoma Stans