Trees on Public Land

Council is committed to the holistic management of street trees in a rural and residential setting.

Council recognises that trees are an essential, living infrastructure asset and resource that provides a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits.

Street trees will be pruned to:

  • Improve line of sight for vehicular movements
  • Remove any dead, dying or dangerous branches (or trees if deemed necessary)
  • Allow clearance for pedestrians and vehicles
  • Allow clearance to buildings (where practicable)
  • Improve their health and structure

Street trees will not be pruned or removed:

  • To allow or improve a view or excessive solar access
  • To reduce fruit or leaf fall, sap drop, bird droppings or similar natural processes
  • Because branches overhang a boundary
  • For any other reason that may violate laws and regulations that protect trees

As part of living in a residential and rural environment, property owners are expected to be responsible for undertaking external maintenance of their property such as cleaning gutters of leaves. 


Request Street Tree Pruning

If you believe a street tree requires pruning, please review the relevant tree management policies first.

To report trees which need pruning you can:

Phone: (02) 4677 1100


Online Form: Customer Request Form

The tree will be assessed and prioritised for work in accordance with an appropriate maintenance program.

Please do not prune street trees yourself. They are community assets, and it is Council's responsibility to look after them. Fines can apply.

If a tree or shrub is on the footpath, the road side outside a property boundary or in a park or reserve then it is on Council land. As a result, planting, pruning or removal of trees or shrubs on Council land requires written consent from Council.



Council's Customer Service Team on (02) 4677 1100 or