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.

  • Tree Permit Application Form 2019 - 2020

    Mon, 05 August 2019
  • Extract of the Burwood Development Control Plan, Section 6.1 Preservation of Trees or Vegetation. 

    Fri, 05 October 2018
  • Tree Information Sheet

    Mon, 17 November 2014
  • Burwood Council’s Street Tree Management Strategy has been reviewed, and the revised Strategy was adopted by Council on 18 November 2013. ​The essence of the original Strategy in response to the community consultation has been retained, with technical and arboricultural industry best practice information updated.​ The Strategy provides a framework for the management of street trees within the Burwood Local Government Area. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The previous Street Tree Management Strategy and Tree Vandalism Zero Tolerance Policy are superseded by this document.

    Mon, 25 November 2013