If you want to prune or remove a tree on private property, you may need Council approval first. For example, if the tree is over 3m high, no matter what kind of tree it is, you need written Council permission before pruning or removing it. If you don't, you can be fined $3000 on the spot ($6000 for a corporation) or up to $1.1million by a court. This is because a tree preservation order applies to our whole City, under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
Tree Preservation fact sheet (pdf 145KB) or the
Penrith City Council Tree Preservation Order (pdf 29KB).
Tree Pruning or Removal Application Form (accessible pdf 214KB).
A Council officer will assess your application based on the information you write on your application form, and a physical inspection of the tree. Things they will look at include the condition of the tree and problems it may be causing. If approval is granted to prune or remove the tree, conditions will be imposed. A replacement tree must be planted on the property in a more suitable location for each tree removed. You can speed up the assessment process by paying to have a qualified arborist (tree expert) prepare a detailed report, and including this with your application. Read our
Guidelines for Arborist Reports (pdf 26KB).
Tree Preservation Order Exempt Species Factsheet (accessible pdf 110KB).
The NSW Rural Fires Amendment (Vegetation Clearing) Bill 2014 commenced on 1 August 2014, introducing the 10/50 rule. Visit the
Rural Fire Service website for details and to check if your property is in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area. The new laws allow property owners in a designated 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area to:
If your property is not shown to be within the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Area then the normal tree application process applies.
If you are concerned about, or have suffered damage from, a neighbour's tree including its roots or falling branches - find out more in our
Damage from Trees fact sheet (pdf 160KB).
If you have a question or concern about a street tree or a tree on other public land, for example in a local park or reserve, please contact Council by phone on
4732 7777 or by
Small Tree Species list (pdf 34KB)or
Native Tree Species list (pdf 212KB).
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