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The Central Coast is known and loved for the abundant, diverse bushland and natural environment. Trees and vegetation on private land form an integral part of the local atmosphere. Their conservation contributes to the protection of our wildlife and biodiversity.

Private trees

A private tree is defined as any tree on land not under Council or other Government control or management. Council has a range of control measures designed to protect our local environment. These must be considered prior to undertaking any activity to or around trees on your property.

Central Coast Council currently outlines requirements and assessment critieria regarding private tree management in two working Development Control Plans (DCP) and a Local Environment Plans (LEP).

Exempt tree works

Some tree pruning or removal can be carried out without seeking formal Council approval:

  1. Trees within three (3) metres of an approved building (measured one metre above ground level and between the face of the wall and the part of the trunk nearest the building), providing the tree species is not a threatened species, or listed on Council's Significant Tree Register or is a heritage item.
  2. Tree species listed as Undesirable or Noxious in each area’s DCP.
  3. Branches directly overhanging the roofline of an approved building (in accordance with Australian Standard AS4373-2007).
  4. Branches within one metre around electricity and/or telecommunication wires.
  5. Trees identified in the Rural Fire Service 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme. Specified vegetation may only be cleared in accordance with the Code of Practice.
  6. Removal of dead and or dangerous trees due to obvious instability or hazard. Evidence must be kept for a minimum of six (6) months and made available to Council if required. Evidence such as photos of the tree in situ and a report by a suitably qualified and experience person, or statement from State Emergency Services (if the service carried out the works).

If you are unsure whether your tree pruning or removal falls into one of these exempt categories, please contact Council for advice.

Tree Works Permit

Tree works include ringbarking, cutting down, topping, lopping, pruning, removal, injuring or wilfully destroying of tree(s).  A permit is required for all works on trees not specified as exempt on privately owned land.

Only the tree owner may apply for the removal of a tree. If the tree of concern is on a neighbouring property you may only apply for pruning within your property boundary, unless the branches fall under the exempt tree works category.

Application costs

The cost of a tree works application for one to five trees is $150 (GST inclusive). For more trees an additional $33 per tree (GST inclusive) is charged.

Tree Pruning

A tree works permit is required for any pruning works that is not listed in the exempt tree works (see above).  No application to Council is required for:

  • any works listed as exempt tree works
  • the pruning or removal of undesirable species listed in each area’s DCP or in any zone unless the item is a heritage item included in Schedule 5 of the relevant Local Environment Plan - Wyong Local Environment Plan 2013 - Schedule 5.

Any Council permit issued to prune a tree overhanging your property boundary does not give consent for you or your contractors to enter the neighbouring property without the land owner’s consent.

What if I want a tree removed that is within three metres of my house but not on my property?

If the tree is on a neighbouring property, you will need to talk to the landowner about the removal of the tree, noting that you may be asked to pay for the works or to share costs. If you cannot reach agreement with your neighbour, mediation is available at a Community Justice Centre.

Council does not have the power to request a resident to remove a tree on their property. See the Land and Environment Court for further information regarding disputes with neighbours over tree matters. If the tree is on a neighbouring public reserve, you will need to contact Council and indicate the nature of your tree works request.

Public Tree Works Requests

If you are concerned about a tree on public land, please contact Council.

Tree identification

Council arborists are available to help identify trees for residents. To access their assistance, download and complete the Tree Identification form and return to Council.

For additional information, contact our Customer Contact Centre on 4350 5555 or email ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au.

The Central Coast is known and loved for the abundant, diverse bushland and natural environment. Trees and vegetation on private land form an integral part of the local atmosphere. Their conservation contributes to the protection of our wildlife and biodiversity.

Private trees

A private tree is defined as any tree on land not under Council or other Government control or management. Council has a range of control measures designed to protect our local environment. These must be considered prior to undertaking any activity to or around trees on your property.

Central Coast Council currently outlines requirements and assessment critieria regarding private tree management in two working Development Control Plans (DCP) and a Local Environment Plans (LEP)

Exempt tree works

Some tree pruning or removal can be carried out without seeking formal Council approval:

  1. Trees within three (3) metres of an approved building (measured one metre above ground level and between the face of the wall and the part of the trunk nearest the building), providing the tree species is not a threatened species, or listed on Council's Significant Tree Register or is a heritage item.
  2. Tree species listed as Undesirable or Noxious in each area’s DCP.
  3. Branches directly overhanging the roofline of an approved building (in accordance with Australian Standard AS4373-2007).
  4. Branches within one metre around electricity and/or telecommunication wires.
  5. Trees identified in the Rural Fire Service 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme. Specified vegetation may only be cleared in accordance with the Code of Practice.
  6. Removal of dead and or dangerous trees due to obvious instability or hazard. Evidence must be kept for a minimum of six (6) months and made available to Council if required. Evidence such as photos of the tree in situ and a report by a suitably qualified and experience person, or statement from State Emergency Services (if the service carried out the works).

If you are unsure whether your tree pruning or removal falls into one of these exempt categories, please contact Council for advice.

Tree Works Permit

Tree works include ringbarking, cutting down, topping, lopping, pruning, removal, injuring or wilfully destroying of tree(s).  A permit is required for all works on trees not specified as exempt on privately owned land.

Only the tree owner may apply for the removal of a tree. If the tree of concern is on a neighbouring property you may only apply for pruning within your property boundary, unless the branches fall under the exempt tree works category.

Application costs

The cost of a tree works application for one to five trees is $150 (GST inclusive). For more trees an additional $33 per tree (GST inclusive) is charged.

Tree Pruning

A tree works permit is required for any pruning works that is not listed in the exempt tree works (see above).  No application to Council is required for:

  • any works listed as exempt tree works
  • the pruning or removal of undesirable species listed in each area’s DCP or in any zone unless the item is a heritage item included in Schedule 5 of the relevant Local Environment Plan - Gosford Local Environment Plan 2014- Schedule 5

Any Council permit issued to prune a tree overhanging your property boundary does not give consent for you or your contractors to enter the neighbouring property without the land owner’s consent.

What if I want a tree removed that is within three metres of my house but not on my property?

If the tree is on a neighbouring property, you will need to talk to the landowner about the removal of the tree, noting that you may be asked to pay for the works or to share costs. If you cannot reach agreement with your neighbour, mediation is available at a Community Justice Centre.

Council does not have the power to request a resident to remove a tree on their property. See the Land and Environment Court for further information regarding disputes with neighbours over tree matters. If the tree is on a neighbouring public reserve, you will need to contact Council and indicate the nature of your tree works request.

Public Tree Works Requests

If you are concerned about a tree on public land, please fill out the Public Tree Works application or contact Council.

Tree identification

Council arborists are available to help identify trees for residents. To access their assistance, please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 4325 8222.

Significant Tree Register

View the former Gosford Local Government Area Significant Tree Register.

For additional information, contact our Customer Contact Centre on 4325 8222 or email ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au.

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Last updated : Mon 6 Aug 2018