Trees on Your Property

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The general leafy character of the suburbs of Lane Cove is a major priority for the local community and the conservation of significant areas of bushland is reflected in Council’s plans and policies.

The trees in Lane Cove are protected under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Biodiversity and Conservation) 2021. Council’s Development Control Plan includes a specific section on Tree Preservation with the objective of retaining the maximum possible number of existing trees, particularly native trees, in healthy condition and natural form and shape.

Council will provide guidance in relation to your pruning and removal needs. 

Pruning or Removing Trees

Step 1.Check if you require a permit

A permit is required for the pruning/removal of any tree, whether indigenous or exotic, which:

  • Has a height exceeding 4 metres
  • Canopy spread greater than 5m OR
  • Trunk diameter greater than 150mm diameter (measure at 1 metre above the ground)

Step 2.Check if your works falls under the Biodiversity Values Map

In accordance with the requirements of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Biodiversity and Conservation) 2021 each resident must confirm that the vegetation proposed to be cleared (removed) does NOT form part of an Endangered Ecological Community that is mapped (in purple) on the NSW Government Biodiversity Values Map.  

If your tree is located within the defined 'Endangered' zone on the Online Map you MUST apply to the NSW Native Vegetation Panel secretariat to advance your application and in some cases may need to obtain a Biodiversity Conservation License from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

Where an applicant fails to identify that the vegetation on a property forms part of an Endangered Ecological Community mapped on the NSW Government Biodiversity Values Map and Council determines that a tree works permit application is subject to the above, Council must return the application and the applicant will need contact Local Land Services (NVP Secretariat) at or, phone 1300 795 299 and ask to speak to the NVP Secretariat to progress seeking consent to clear (remove) the vegetation.

Please follow the steps detailed in Trees that fall under Biodiversity & Conservation NSW Act prior to commencing your application.

A false 'Biodiversity' declaration in the Private Tree Application form may result in your application being denied or delayed. 


Step 3.Check if your works may be considered exempt

A number of works including, removal or pruning of dead branches or any trees or vegetation on the Exempt Species List may be considered exempt.

Please check the list of Exempt Tree Works prior to commencing your application.   You will still need to be issued a permit to carry out the works however, no fee applies.

Step 4.Gather information required

For each tree within your application, you will need to provide the type of tree, location on your property and the reason for your request.

Please also include the following images along with your application:

  1. The overall tree from the ground to the tip
  2. A close-up of the bark
  3. A close-up of the leaves and arrangement
  4. A close-up of the fruit (if available)

If your application relates to 4 or more trees, please upload a word document containing all of the relevant details. 

Step 5.Submit your application

You can submit your request for a Private Tree Works Inspection online.

The fee payable to prune or remove a tree will vary depending on the following:

  • The number of trees included in your application
  • If you wish to be present during the inspection

No fee is payable for applicants with a valid pensioner concession card.

Tree Application Fees

Below are the current fees valid from 1 July 2023:

Task 1-3 Trees 4 or more Trees
Pruning: $130.00 $130.00 + $20.00 each additional tree  
Removal: $130.00 $130.00 + $20.00 each additional tree
Meeting with Arborist Fee   $70.00 (one-off fee - limited to 20 minutes maximum)