Council has the power to protect or preserve trees in the Burwood Local Government Area through the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017.
You need to have a development consent or a tree permit from Council before removing or pruning a tree that:
- has a height equal to or exceeding 4m, or
- a branch spread equal to or exceeding 2m, or
- a trunk diameter exceeding 150mm measured at a distance 1.4m above the ground.
The BDCP allows for exemptions to the above requirement. It also contains information on heritage items, assessment items and right of appeal.
Please be mindful that the unlawful removal of a tree may result in formal action being pursued in the courts. Council takes these matters very seriously and it is very important that any applicant understands the requirements of the provisions before attempting to trim, cut, lop or remove a tree. A person who does not comply with the requirements of the BDCP when it comes to the preservation of trees may receive a fine.
Council is responsible for trees on nature strips, parks and public places. Council is assessing trees according to yearly schedule and customer complaints to make sure they are healthy and safe.
Council prunes trees to:
- remove any dead, dying or dangerous branches
- pedestrian and traffic clearance
- improve their health
- ensure they don’t block traffic signs.
Council is not pruning trees to:
- allow or improve a view
- reduce fruit or leaf fall, sap drop, bird droppings or similar
- increase street lighting onto private property
- break any law that is there to protect trees.