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 retention of trees and vegetation and appropriate management of these contributes to the protection of our wildlife, biodiversity and liveability of the Central Coast. At times trees will require pruning or removal and replacement with suitable species, and the following information provides the process that is to be followed in each circumstance.
In 2017 the State Government introduced a new State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017, commonly called the Vegetation SEPP, which replaced the clauses relating to trees in Council's LEP. The Central Coast Council Development Control Plan (DCP) trees and Vegetation Management is enacted by the Vegetation SEPP and reflects its requirements.
This information is designed to ensure residents are directed to the correct agency to assess their vegetation matter, or ensuring the correct form is completed. This will require some checking by residents however the links provided should assist in undertaking these checks.
A private tree is any tree on land that is 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 criteria regarding private tree management across the Central Coast LGA. The State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 is the legislative basis for Central Coast Council's DCP Chapter 3.6 (Wyong DCP 2013) and Chapter 6.6 (Gosford DCP 2013) Tree and Vegetation Management.