Regulated trees are defined by the Development Act as a native or exotic tree with a trunk circumference of
Significant trees are defined by the Development Act as a native or exotic tree with a trunk circumference of
The regulations apply to trees on both public and private land.
There are a number of exclusions pertaining to situations and species of tree. Refer to Protecting Regulated and Significant Trees(443 kb) for more information.
Trees, particularly mature trees, provide a valuable contribution to the amenity of an area. In addition, they provide shade and a habitat for wildlife. Trees have potential economic benefits including increased property values from the high amenity created by lush tree lined areas. Other benefits include:
The regulations which apply to a significant tree include
Any of the above activities will require a development approval from Council.
You will need to provide the following information when lodging an application:
Download the Protecting Regulated and Significant Trees Information Sheet(443 kb) for more information.
Maintenance pruning not likely to affect the health or appearance of the tree does not require approval from Council. Maintenance pruning is generally accepted as meaning:
It is recommended that you contact Council or refer to the Government Information sheet Protecting Regulated and Significant Trees (443 kb) for clarification prior to commencing any work on a regulated or significant tree as heavy fines of up to $120,000 apply for illegal works.
Council recommends that any work undertaken to regulated or significant trees be in accordance with Australian Standard 4373-2007 'Pruning of Amenity Trees' and be undertaken by an appropriately qualified arboriculturist, botanist or horticulturist.
An application can be lodged with Council in respect to a regulated or significant tree on neighbouring land. The cooperation and/or agreement of the owner of the tree must be obtained prior to any action on their land, even if Council has approved the removal or pruning of the tree.