Trees on your property


Within the Hunters Hill LGA, there are three categories of tree works approval:

  • Permits
  • Development Applications (DA)
  • Exempt species and non-prescribed vegetation

The approvals are administered in accordance with the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 and the Hunters Hill Consolidated Development Control Plan 2013(PDF, 6MB).

Under our Development Control Plan, there are two categories of vegetation:

Prescribed Vegetation

Under the Hunters Hill Consolidated Development Control Plan 2013(PDF, 6MB), prescribed vegetation is:

Exempt Species, weeds and dead trees

The exempt species list does not apply to properties that are listed heritage items. If your property is not a heritage item and the specimen is not on the significant tree register, you can prune or remove the tree without Council approval. However, it is a good idea to notify our team of any plans to remove exempt species, as this can help us to answer any enquries from members of the public. This notification should be made via email to

A consent or permit is not required in order to prune or remove the following:

  • noxious weeds
  • hedges (annual maintenance involving pruning works of less than 500mm in relation to existing height, width or depth, and where branches to be pruned are less than 30mm in diameter)
  • dead trees (unless that tree contains nesting hollows for native fauna)
  • deadwood (removal of dead branches from any tree in accordance with AS 4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees(PDF, 527KB) is permitted) 
  • exempt species
Development Applications

Development Application consent is required if the works include any of the following:

All Development Applications (DA) must be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal and be accompanied by the following documents:

For all other works to prescribed vegetation, you will require a permit.


Permits are issued under the authority of our Infrastructure and Environmental Sustainability department. Apply for a tree permit via our Tree and Vegetation Management Application.

For further assistance, you can contact our customer service team on 9879 9400 or

Exempt Species List

If your property is not a listed heritage item, the following species of trees may be pruned or removed without involving Council. Please note that for five of the listed species this is only the case if the trees are under 10 metres in height.

Table 2.1: Exempt species (extract from Hunters Hill Consolidated Development Control Plan 2013(PDF, 6MB))

Botanical name

Common name

Acacia baileyana

Cootamundra Wattle

Acacia podalyrifolia

Mount Morgan Wattle

Acacia saligna

Golden Willow Wattle

Acer negundo

Box Elder

Ailanthus altissima

Tree of Heaven

Cinnamomum camphora (except where over 10m metres in height)

Camphor Laurel

Celtis spp. (except where over 10 metres in height)


Cotoneaster spp.


Eriobotrya japonica

Loquat Tree

Erythrina spp. (except where over 10 metres in height)

Coral Trees

Ficus elastica

Rubber Tree

Gleditsia triacanthos

Honey Locust

Grevillea robusta

Silky Oak

Lagunana patersonii

Norfolk Is. Hibiscus

Ligustrum lucidum and cvs

Large Leaf Privet

Ligustrum sinense

Small Leaf Privet

Liquidambar styraciflua (except where over 10 metres in height)


Musa cavendishii


Nerium oleander


Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata

African Olive

Pinus radiata

Radiata Pine

Pinus eliottii

Slash Pine

Populus spp. (except where over 10 metres in height)


Robinia pseudoacaia

Black Locust

Salix spp.


Schefflera actinophylla

Umbrella Tree

Syagrus romanzoffianum

Cocos Palm