Trees on your property – pruning or removing

At the 27th August 2019 Council Meeting changes to the Tree Management Development Control Plan (DCP) were adopted. Additional changes were made to the DCP at the recent 24th September 2019 Council Meeting.

A summary of these changes are below:

  • Trees within two metres of a primary dwelling or garage can be replaced through a simple permit system with a requirement for a replacement tree to be planted. Council will require verification of the replacement with a preference for mature trees.
  • Moving the vast majority of tree applications from a Development Application to a simpler and less expensive permit system.
  • Increasing the weighting for safety and protection of homes and consideration a cost burdens on residents in the assessment of applications for pruning and replacement of trees.
  • Introducing a review mechanism, conducted by the CEO, of Council’s determinations, so that residents have an alternative other than appeal to the Land and Environment Court.

When available the full meeting minutes will be available here

This amended DCP is now on public exhibition here

Until such time as this new DCP is exhibited and gazetted the existing DCP’s relating to tree management on private property remain in place, see below for information relating to existing controls.


Select your suburb below to find out what you need to know before working on trees on your property.

Development fact sheets

The fact sheets below are provided to guide application when engaging technical experts such as arborists, engineers and plumbers to provide reports that may be required to support your application. Please ensure that the consultant you engage is aware of these report requirements prior to engaging them. Reports submitted to Council that do not meet these minimum requirements may be rejected by Council.

Development fact sheet – Trees on development sites (PDF 476.1KB)
Development fact sheet – Arborist reports (PDF 485.6KB)
Development fact sheet – Technical reports (PDF 303.6KB)


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Page last updated: 12 Nov 2019