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Private Trees


Pruning or Removing Trees

The trees in Lane Cove are protected under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP). This policy allows Council to regulate their tree canopy through the Lane Cove Council Development Control Plan 2010. Failure to comply can incur fines or prosecution of up to $1,100,000.

You require Council consent to prune or remove a tree:

  • Greater than 4m in height and/or
  • A trunk diameter more than 150mm measured 1m above existing ground level

Customers can submit a Private Tree Inspection Application online. ​

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