To remove native trees associated with an existing development, you'll need to apply for a Native Vegetation Works permit.
For proposed developments, any individual tree or clumps of vegetation potentially impacted by the proposed development, including those on neighbouring properties, must be clearly and accurately depicted on accompanying site plans as part of the development application (DA). Proposed removal and pruning of trees needed as part of the proposed development must also be indicated on the plans, so the impacts can be appropriately assessed.
Tree works agreed to on council-managed land as part of a development application will be undertaken at the cost of the applicant. This includes planting, pruning and tree removal.
If there's no existing development on a property or the land is vacant, you'll need to submit a DA for the proposed clearing of native trees. The information required for this type of clearing is more comprehensive and involves the preparation of a flora and fauna report. We encourage the retention of native vegetation until development of the property is planned, so the extent of removal can be considered as part of the overall development proposal. However, if there's a compelling reason for the removal of native vegetation on vacant land, a we'll consider a stand-alone DA.
If you want to remove or prune a tree that requires council approval and the tree is located on a neighbouring property, an application should be lodged on the individual’s behalf by the owner. In the case of unit blocks, the body corporate will need to endorse any application for tree works. In the case of joint ownership (trees growing on a shared boundary) all owners must sign the application.
A non-refundable application fee must be submitted with your application for a permit.
If the application is granted we may require replacement planting, which will be conditioned on the approval.