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.


Tree and Vegetation Removal Process Flowchart

Download the Tree and Vegetation Removal Flowchart to see how to go about removing vegetation on your property.


Frequently Asked Questions

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
Bamboo 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
Cassia Senna Pendula
Chinese Celtis Celtis Sinensis
Cocos Palm/Queen Palm Syagrus Romanzoffiana
Cootamundra Wattle Acacia Baileyana
Coral Tree Erythrina x Sykesii
Cotoneaster 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
Privet Ligustrum Spp.
Oleander Nerium Oleander
Peppercorn 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
Willow Salix Spp.
Yellow Bells

Tecoma Stans