Tree removal can sometimes be a necessary part of construction and development. The State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) 2008 for Exempt and Complying Development allows for the removal of specific trees during the development of a site, in accordance with the following requirements.
Trees or vegetation may be removed as part of a complying development for residential development if it is:
Trees or vegetation may be removed as part of a complying development for new or additions to existing commercial and industrial buildings if it is:
How retained trees are protected
All trees that are required to be retained on a development site must be protected in accordance with the Australian Standard (AS) 4970 - 2009 Protection of trees on development sites. Tree protection measures must be in place before any works commence on the site. These must be in good condition and remain in place for the entire duration of the construction works.
If your proposal does not meet the required standards for complying development, you may still be able to undertake works but you MUST obtain development approval first. In this case you should contact Council's Customer Service on 9952 8222 to discuss your options.
If you would like to read more about complying developments, go to the NSW Planning and Environment website at or download the Information Sheet.