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Tree Pruning and Removal Guidelines

Depending on where you live, your application to remove a tree will currently fall under one of three processes: 

  • Peakhurst, Mortdale and Hurstville Wards (Tree Management Process A)

  • Hurstville City Centre (Tree Management Process B)

  • Blakehurst and Kogarah Bay Wards (Tree Management Process C)

To find your property, click on the magnifying glass on the lower right of the map, enter your address and Search. A User Guide has been developed if you require any further assistance when using Council’s Neighbourhood Maps.

 

Peakhurst, Mortdale and Hurstville Wards

How to apply

  1. Complete the Application to Remove or Prune a Tree(s)

  2. Lodge your application at Council's Customer Service Centres. An application fee must also be paid upon lodgement.

If your property is located within Peakhurst, Mortdale and Hurstville Wards, but outside of Hurstville City Centre, applications are determined by legislation outlined within Clause 5.9 Preservation of trees or vegetation of the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012  and Appendix 1 (No. 5 Tree Species Selection and No.9 Preservation of Trees and Vegetation) and Appendix 2 (No. 7.4 relating to trees and fences) of Hurstville Development Control Plan No.1 – LGA Wide (DCP No.1).

If your property is located within Hurstville City Centre, applications are determined by legislation contained with the Tree Preservation Order made under Clause 14 of the Hurstville Local Environment Plan 1994. 

Blakehurst and Kogarah Bay Wards

How to apply

Follow steps 1. and 2. as per above.

If your property is located within Blakehurst and Kogarah Bay Wards, applications are determined by legislation outlined within Clause 5.9 Preservation of trees or vegetation of the Kogarah Local Environmental Plan 2012.

Conditions

Before your application is approved, please be aware:

  • The property owner, or their authorised agent, must sign the application

  • Council cannot give consent to remove a tree without the property owner’s permission

  • Council’s Tree Management Officer will inspect the site and undertake a Visual Tree Assessment. Following the site inspection, a written permit will be sent to the property owner advising them what tree work has been approved.

Once tree pruning or tree removal is approved, the following conditions apply:

  • Approval is valid for 12 months from date of consent

  • Pruning must be carried out in accordance with Australian Standard AS 4373 - 07 Pruning of Trees

  • Approval is subject to the replacement of trees at an appropriate location.

Penalties

If persons are found guilty of breaching Clause 5.9 - Preservation of trees or vegetation, Kogarah Local Environment Plan 2012 or Clause 5.9 Preservation of trees or vegetation of the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012, under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 (NSW) the following fines may be imposed:

  • A penalty not exceeding $110,000 by the local court

  • A penalty not exceeding $1.1 million by the Land and Environment Court of NSW


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