Removing or pruning trees on a residential or business property may require permission from us.
Applications for tree removal or pruning can be made online and may need to be supported by a report from a certified (AQF Level 5) Arborist. If an application is approved, a permit will be issued in writing.
A pruning permit is required for all species of trees on private property with the exception of fruit trees. Trees that are dead and do not have habitat hollows and trees that are not classed as Koala food trees do not need approval to be removed. Please refer to Koala Food Trees in the Development Control Plan.
The responsible authority to assess tree removal on private lands depends on your land zoning. Please check your land zoning against the below before making an application to Council.
Council controlled land zones for tree removal permits include:
Zones where tree removal is not under Council's control:
If the tree you wish to remove if within one of the above zones, you will need to request a permit from Local Land Services.
Noxious or undesirable trees do not require Council approval to remove. We have provided a listing of these Noxious, Undesirable and Exempt Tree Species(PDF, 291KB) that we do not want planted in your garden.
Illegal tree clearing and logging in these zones can be reported to the Office of Environment & Heritage:
We will consider the following criteria when assessing an application for tree pruning or removal:
The following reasons will not be considered for the removal of trees:
Removal of trees without Council consent could result in prosecution and fines of up to $110,000.
Trees and shrubs planted too close to sewer pipes cause problems, may cause blockages requiring removal or replacement of broken pipes. If planting trees or shrubs near your house avoid large and intrusive species.