Within the Wollongong local government area, a Tree Management Policy applies to the pruning or removal of trees. The Policy covers what trees are protected. Prior to cutting down or pruning any tree, residents and/or contractors should check whether permission is needed prior to commencing any such works.
Wollongong City Council’s Tree Management Policy aims to prevent the unlawful or unnecessary removal, pruning or destruction of trees (including the ringbarking, cutting down, topping, lopping, removing, or injuring) in our local area. The Policy is enforced through clause 5.9 of Wollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009. Chapter E17: Preservation and Management of Trees and Vegetation of Wollongong Development Control Plan 2009 also outlines the requirements for permits, and approvals relating to trees and other vegetation.
Alternatively, contact Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 for more information.
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.