Clearing of Native Vegetation

The clearing of native vegetation within Wollondilly requires consent unless it meets an exemption (see FAQ's below).

Rural Land

Clearing of native vegetation on rural land is legislated by the Local Land Services Act 2013 and the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Urban Areas and Land Zoned for Environmental Protection

Clearing of native vegetation in urban areas and land zoned for environmental protection is legislated by the NSW Vegetation State Environment Planning Policy.

To clarify any additional exemptions for your property, you can contact the Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

<p>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&nbsp;<a title="Fact Sheet on what tree removals do the tree removal exemptions cover" href="assets/Documents/Resident-Services/Tree-Removal/Tree-removal-exemptions-fact-sheet.pdf" target="_blank">Fact Sheet</a>.</p>
<p>Additionally any species of tree identified below regardless of size is exempt from approval; unless the tree is affected by heritage protections:</p>
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<tr>
<td>
<h3>Common Tree Name</h3>
</td>
<td>
<h3>Scientific Tree Name</h3>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>African Olive</td>
<td>Olea Europaea</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Bamboo</td>
<td>Phyllostachys Spp, Bambusa Spp, Aundanaria</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Black Locust</td>
<td>Robinia Pseudoacacia Spp</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Box Elder</td>
<td>Acer Negundo</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Camphor Laurel (less than 20m in height only)</td>
<td>Cinnamomum Camphora</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Canary Island Date Palm</td>
<td>Phoenix Canariensis</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Cassia</td>
<td>Senna Pendula</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Chinese Celtis</td>
<td>Celtis Sinensis</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Cocos Palm/Queen Palm</td>
<td>Syagrus Romanzoffiana</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Cootamundra Wattle</td>
<td>Acacia Baileyana</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Coral Tree</td>
<td>Erythrina x Sykesii</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Cotoneaster</td>
<td>Cotoneaster Spp.</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Date Palm</td>
<td>Phoenix Dactylifera</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Evergreen Alder</td>
<td>Alnus Jorulensis</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Evergreen Ash</td>
<td>Fraxinus Griffithii</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Golden Wreath Wattle</td>
<td>Acacia Saligna</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Honey Locust</td>
<td>Gleditsia Triacanthos</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Ice Cream Bean</td>
<td>Inga Edulis</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Leighton's Green Pine</td>
<td>Cupressocyparis x Leylandii</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Privet</td>
<td>Ligustrum Spp.</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Oleander</td>
<td>Nerium Oleander</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Peppercorn</td>
<td>Schinus Spp.</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Radiata Pine (less than 20m in height only)</td>
<td>Pinus Radiata</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Poplay (less than 20m in height only)</td>
<td>Populus Spp.</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Queensland Silver Wattle</td>
<td>Acacia Podalyriifolia</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Rhus Tree</td>
<td>Toxiocodendron Succedaneum</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Rubber Tree</td>
<td>Ficus Elastica</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Silky Oak</td>
<td>Grevillea Robusta</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Sweet Pittosporum</td>
<td>Pittosporum Undulatum</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Tree Lucerne</td>
<td>Tagasaste Chamaecytisus Palmensis</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Tree of Heaven</td>
<td>Ailanthus Altissima</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Umbrella Tree</td>
<td>Schefflera Actinophylla</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Wild Tobacco Tree</td>
<td>Solanum Mauritianum</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Willow</td>
<td>Salix Spp.</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Yellow Bells</td>
<td>
<p>Tecoma Stans</p>
</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>