Tree Management DCP draft

Have your say on proposed new rules around trees on private property

Inner West Council was formed in 2016 from the amalgamation of three former councils. Plans that guide tree management from the former councils still apply.

These proposed changes to the current DCPs will make the management of trees on private land across the Inner West consistent including controls for tree pruning and removals.


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When can I remove or prune a tree on my property?

1. When can I remove a tree on my property? You do not need Council permission if the tree is under 6m, narrower than 300mm diameter at ground level or under 3m canopy spread. You can also remove trees by application to Council that are: • Growing within 2m of a dwelling house or garage • Weed species 2. When can I prune a tree on my property? You need Council permission to prune trees over 6m, wider than 300mm diameter at ground level or over 3m canopy spread. You do not need Council permission to prune branches within 3m of a roof, up to 2.5m from ground level. You can also prune dead branches or weed species.


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Have your say

Complete the submission form.

Submissions close 11 December 2019.


What

Have your say on proposed new rules around trees on private property

Inner West Council was formed in 2016 from the amalgamation of three former councils. Plans that guide tree management from the former councils still apply.

These proposed changes to the current DCPs will make the management of trees on private land across the Inner West consistent including controls for tree pruning and removals.


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When can I remove or prune a tree on my property?

1. When can I remove a tree on my property? You do not need Council permission if the tree is under 6m, narrower than 300mm diameter at ground level or under 3m canopy spread. You can also remove trees by application to Council that are: • Growing within 2m of a dwelling house or garage • Weed species 2. When can I prune a tree on my property? You need Council permission to prune trees over 6m, wider than 300mm diameter at ground level or over 3m canopy spread. You do not need Council permission to prune branches within 3m of a roof, up to 2.5m from ground level. You can also prune dead branches or weed species.


More information


Have your say

Complete the submission form.

Submissions close 11 December 2019.


What happens next?

A report will come back to a meeting of the elected Council on 11 February 2020. Councillors will consider all feedback before adopting the final document. Everyone who makes a submission and provides an email address will be advised of the decision. The decision will be reported in Council’s page in the local newspaper.


Once adopted, the following current DCPs will be amended:

  • The elected Council adopts Tree DCP

    about 2 months ago

    At its meeting on 11 February 2020, Council considered an engagement report and resolved to adopt version three of the draft DCP, as on public exhibition with the following changes:

    a. That there be no height limit on 'Weeds species' which can be replaced; and

    b. That Kaffir Plum, Bunya Bunya Pine, Norfolk Island Pine and Hoop Pine be included.

    In addition Council also resolved to:

    Review the policy after 12 months of implementation and the review be reported to Council;

    Prepare guidelines and a process to ensure that tree replacement requirements are explained to the community, is monitored by Council and validated by Council;

    When mandatory provisions for replacement of a tree based on distance from a dwelling house or garage have been met, officers may not refuse the issuing of a permit; and

    The application assessment criteria for complying development be re-instated as per tree DCP version 1 to be consistent with the relevant SEPP (State Environment Planning Policy).

    For more information read the Council report and view the meeting minutes.

    At its meeting on 11 February 2020, Council considered an engagement report and resolved to adopt version three of the draft DCP, as on public exhibition with the following changes:

    a. That there be no height limit on 'Weeds species' which can be replaced; and

    b. That Kaffir Plum, Bunya Bunya Pine, Norfolk Island Pine and Hoop Pine be included.

    In addition Council also resolved to:

    Review the policy after 12 months of implementation and the review be reported to Council;

    Prepare guidelines and a process to ensure that tree replacement requirements are explained to the community, is monitored by Council and validated by Council;

    When mandatory provisions for replacement of a tree based on distance from a dwelling house or garage have been met, officers may not refuse the issuing of a permit; and

    The application assessment criteria for complying development be re-instated as per tree DCP version 1 to be consistent with the relevant SEPP (State Environment Planning Policy).

    For more information read the Council report and view the meeting minutes.

  • What you told us

    about 2 months ago

    Did you provide feedback on this project? Find out what we heard. Read the Engagement Outcomes Report. The Tree Management DCP will be considered by Council at its meeting on 11 February 2020.

    Did you provide feedback on this project? Find out what we heard. Read the Engagement Outcomes Report. The Tree Management DCP will be considered by Council at its meeting on 11 February 2020.