Councils development control plan (DCP) chapter G4 sets out when you are required to obtain a development approval to remove or prune trees on your land. To make it easier for land owners to manage risks on their land some trees are exempt from the DCP and can be removed without consent.
If you require information or assistance in determining whether you need approval you can contact Council’s Environmental Services section on (02) 4429 3610 or by e-mail.
An application fee will be required for the removal/pruning of trees. Please refer to Councils fees and charges.
How does Council assess applications for tree removal or pruning?
Tree removal or pruning on Urban Land is assessed by a Council Environmental Health Officer against the Shoalhaven DCP, NSW Vegetation SEPP and NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act requirements. The Shoalhaven DCP requires the Officer to consider the environmental and aesthetic value of the tree and the potential risk that the tree poses to nearby land or property before making a determination.
If you are removing trees on Rural Land you must seek approval through Local Land Services ph 1300 778 080.
Who do I contact if I think trees are being removed illegally?
If you see trees being removed and you suspect the work is illegal you can contact Council’s Rangers Section (02) 4429 3433 for investigation.