Tree preservation

In order to maintain our natural habitat, Pittwater Council has specific regulations about tree preservation. This page acts as guidance only, so please contact council if you have any questions or concerns.

Council tree policy

Council consent is NOT required to:

  • Remove a declared noxious weed or tree listed in the exempt species table.
  • Prune a tree by up to 10% of the foliage area within a period of not less than 12 months since any prior pruning.
  • Remove any tree harbouring fruit fly or grown for its edible fruit.

Council consent IS required to:

  • Prune a tree by greater than 10% of the foliage area.
  • Remove any tree not otherwise listed in the exempt species table.
  • Substantially alter the soil level around the trunk or within three (3) meters of the trunk of a tree.

Council MAY give consent to remove a tree where:

  • A tree is diseased or dying.
  • A tree is causing, or is likely to cause substantial property damage (to houses building etc).
  • A tree is significantly misshapen or causing substantial overshadowing.
  • Assessment will be made on the removal of a tree/trees following the submission of a Tree Removal Application Form.

Consent will generally NOT be given when:

  • A tree is shedding leaves, fruit or bark and this is considered a natural process.
  • A tree is causing minor damage to property, eg driveways.
  • The objective is to improve a view.
  • There are unsubstantiated fears about large trees.
  • A tree is causing minor shading.
  • A tree is causing blockage to pipes.