Permission to Remove or Prune a Tree

Council has powers for the protection or preservation of trees in the Burwood Local Government Area through the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 and the Burwood Development Control Plan (BDCP).

A development consent or a tree permit granted by Council is required before removal or pruning of 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 provides for specific exemptions to this requirement.

A person who contravenes or causes to be contravened the requirements of the BDCP for the preservation of trees shall be guilty of an offence.