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Learn about clearing vegetation, pruning and removing trees on private land as well as how to manage neighbouring overhanging tree limbs.
Council encourages trimming over removal, an arborist can recommend which limbs should and shouldn’t be removed.
Council's Development Control Plan (DCP) Chapter G4 – Tree and Vegetation Management is a policy for tree removal in residential zoned areas.
Vegetation under 5m height on residential zoned blocks are not considered trees and can be removed without approval.
If a tree is within 45 degrees of an approved building (this can be a neighbouring building), it can be removed without Council approval.
Apply for a permit:
Council does not have any involvement in neighbouring tree issues.
You may apply to the court under the provisions of the Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006 which will require that you contact your neighbour first to explain your concerns. Your neighbour’s contact details can be obtained from Council for this purpose.
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Tree limbs that are overhanging your property from another neighbouring tree can be cut to the boundary, subject to whether approval is required.
It is important to discuss your concerns and plans to remove limbs with the owner of the tree to avoid any disputes arising from proposed removal of limbs. It is advisable to engage a trained arborist to assess and carry out any pruning.
If you are removing trees on Rural zoned land you must seek approval through:
Last updated on 31 March 2021
Nowra City Administration Centre36 Bridge Rd, Nowra NSW 2541
Ulladulla Branch Office14 Deering St, Ulladulla NSW 2539
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