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Unless listed in the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009 as a heritage item, growing within the curtilage of a heritage item or within a heritage conservation area, the following trees are exempt from the provision of the Wollongong Development Control Plan 2010.

  • Any commercial or domestic fruit trees
  • Any declared noxious weed
  • Any tree listed in the exempt species table below.

New Rural Fire Service 10/50 vegetation clearing laws

New laws are now in place that allow residents in certain areas to prepare their homes for bush fires by clearing vegetation from around their home.

For details, and to find out if your home is in a 10/50 area, visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website

Exempt species  

Common Name
Botanical Name
African fern pine, Yellowwood
Afrocarpus falcatus (Syn. Nageia falcatus)
African Olive
Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata
Alnus species
Black Locust
Robinia pseudoacacia
Box Elder
Acer negundo
Camphor Laurel
Cinnamomum camphora
Canary Island Date Palm
Phoenix canariensis
China Doll
Radermachera sinica
Chinese Tallow
Triadica sebifera [Sapium sebiferum]
Cocos or Queen Palm
Syagrus romanzoffiana
Common Hackberry
Celtis occidentalis
Coral Tree
Erythrina x sykesii
Cotoneaster species
Domestic Fruit Trees
Golden Cypress Pine
Cuppressus macrocarpa ‘Brunniana’
Goldenrain Tree
Koelreutaria paniculata
Honey Locust
Gleditsia triacanthos
Kaffir Plum
Harpephyllum caffrum
Liquidambar species
Norfolk Island Hibiscus/Itchy Pod Tree
Lagunaria patersonii
Nerium oleander
Peppercorn, Pepper Tree
Schinus areira
Populus species
Ligustrum species
Radiata Pine
Pinus radiata
Rubber Tree
Ficus elastica
Silky Oak
Grevillea robusta
Umbrella Tree
Schefflera actinophylla
Salix species


  1. A maximum of five (5) trees only may be removed at any one time under this exemption clause, to avoid adverse affects of possible land clearing activities.
  2. It is recommended that a photograph of the exempt tree be kept by the tree owner to confirm the exempt tree species.
  3. The exemption does not apply to any of the above tree species where the tree is within the curtilage of an item of environmental heritage or upon land within a Heritage Conservation Area as identified in the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009. In such cases, the lodgement of a Development Application is required.

Note: Dead trees which are a species listed above are also considered exempt trees. However, dead trees which are a species not listed above are not exempt, and require approval.

For additional information please call Council on (02) 4227 7111.