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.


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:

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: