This information applies to all tree removal or pruning that does not form part of a Development Application (DA). If your tree removal requires a Development Application, you will need to refer to the Development Application process. A DA is required for the removal of: heritage trees; trees in a heritage conservation area; trees with Aboriginal heritage value and trees within SEPP 14 - Coastal Wetlands.
I have a tree(s)/vegetation I wish to remove. Do I need approval?
Approval from Council or the Native Vegetation Panel may be required.
The new State Environment Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP) has recently been introduced to regulate the clearing of native vegetation in NSW. This policy works together with the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Local Land Services Act 2016.
The Vegetation SEPP only applies to urban land.
Approval pathways for vegetation clearing activities now depend upon the nature, location and extent of the vegetation clearing. You can use the tool below to figure out which approvals may apply to your clearing activity:
Below is a flow chart that also illustrates the approval pathways for clearing vegetation in urban areas: