Review of tree removal decisions

Review of Tree Works Permit Application

In accordance with the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP) you may, within three (3) months from the date of original determination, appeal to the NSW Land and Environment Court if you are dissatisfied with the Council's determination. Information regarding this process can be found at the NSW Land and Environment Court website. Please seek your own legal advice in this regard.

If you wish Council to review the decision you may lodge an Review of tree permit application (DOCX 126.3KB)

Reviews must be lodged within 6 months of the original determination date. With your submission you will need to include further information such as an arborist or engineer's report to support your appeal application.

Fees for an appeal are 50% of the original tree pruning/removal application fee. We recommend lodging your review application as soon as possible to facilitate the statutory timeframe of 6 months from determination date. 

Review of development application (tree works)

A review of Council's determination under Section 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 (formerly Section 82A) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

An application for review must be made as soon as possible. The provisions of the legislation only allow reviews to be determined within 6 months of the determination of the application you are seeking to have reviewed.

If you do not lodge your application with sufficient time for the assessment and determination within this period, you will be asked to withdraw the application or it will be returned to you.

Please note the following:

  • The appeal must be lodged within six months of the date of the determination.
  • The appeal must be accompanied by additional information not already provided in support of the application.
  • An assessment of the tree by an independent arborist’s report and/or a report from a consulting engineer or other accredited expert as appropriate in support of the application.
  • A fee applies to appeals on all previous tree determinations. This fee is currently 50% of the original application fee.

An appeal may be made to the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales within 3 months of the date of determination. Please seek your own legal advice in this regard.

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Page last updated: 01 Jun 2021