Trees

The Central Coast is known and loved for our abundant, diverse bushland and natural environment. Trees and vegetation on private land form an integral part of the local atmosphere and their conservation contribute to the protection of our wildlife and biodiversity here on the Central Coast.

A private tree is defined as any tree on land not under Council or other Government control or management. Council has a range of control measures designed to help protect our local environment and outline requirements regarding private tree management. These should be considered prior to undertaking any activity to or around trees on your property.

Chapter 3.6: Preservation of Trees and Vegetation in Central Coast Council’s Development Control Plan 2013 (as applied to the Former Wyong LGA) has been amended as of the 8 March 2018 with some key changes to tree pruning and removal for private land owners.

For full details review the full DCP 
 

Exempt tree works

The following activities can, in most cases, be carried out without seeking formal Council approval;

  1. Trees within three (3) metres of an approved building (measured one (1) metre above ground level and between the face of the wall and the part of the trunk nearest the building), providing the tree species is not a threatened species or listed on Council's Significant Tree Register or Heritage Item.
  2. Tree species listed in Appendix 1: Undesirable Species & Appendix 2: Noxious Plants; in Chapter 3.6 of the Wyong DCP 2013
  3. Branches directly overhanging the roofline of an approved building (in accordance with Australian Standard AS4373-2007);
  4. Branches within 1m around electricity and/or telecommunication wires
  5. Trees identified in the Rural Fire Service 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme
  6. Specified vegetation may only be cleared in accordance with the 10/50 rules as set out in the Code of Practice.
  7. Removal of dead and or dangerous trees due to obvious instability or hazard. Evidence must be kept for a minimum of six (6) months and made available to Council if required. Evidence such as photos of the tree in situ and report by a suitably qualified and experience person, or statement from State Emergency Services (if the service carried out the works).
If you are unsure as the whether your tree pruning or removal falls into one of the above, exempt, categories please consult Chapter 3.6: Preservation of Trees and Vegetation. If you still have questions after reviewing this documentation contact Council


 

Tree Works Permit

A Tree Works Permit is applicable for all other private tree works on privately owned land not specified as exempt in Council’s DCP.

Tree works include ringbarking, cutting down, topping, lopping, pruning, removal, injuring or wilfully destroying of tree(s).  A Tree Works Permit may only be applied for by the property owner by filling out a Tree works application form.

For further information relating to the assessment criteria, please refer to Council’s DCP Chapter 3.6.4.
 

Application costs

Tree Works Application cost for one to five trees is $103.00 (GST Inclusive) and for six or more trees $103.00 base rate per application plus $33.00 per tree more than five trees (GST Inclusive).
 

What if I just want to prune a tree?

No application to Council is required for the pruning or removal of undesirable species listed in Council’s DCP Chapter 3.6.4 in any zone unless the item is included in Schedule 5 of Council's Local Environment Plan 2013. 

What do I do if I want a tree removed that is within 3 metres of my house but not on my property?

If the tree is on a neighboring residential property, you will need to talk to your neighbor about the removing the tree and may be asked to share the costs.  Mediation is available at Community Justice Centres.  Council does not have the power to even request a resident to remove a tree on their property.
If you require additional information, phone Council’s Customer Contact Centre on (02) 4350 5555.

 

Protected species

Before removing or pruning any vegetation, State and Federal Government legislation also needs to be considered by the landowner, including provisions to protect threatened species, and the legislation is listed in appendix A to Council's Development Control Plan (DCP). Council encourages the use of qualified technical experts to assist in the identification of trees, as well as consultation with the relevant legislation and Authorities when trees are proposed to be removed.  Tree species having conservation significance are listed here

Council arborists are available to help identify trees for residents.  Download and fill out the Tree Identification Form and return to Council. 

If you require additional information, phone Council’s Customer Contact Centre on (02) 4350 5555.