There is no law regarding what a property owner can plant on their own property. However, Council strongly recommends careful consideration to ensure selection of a tree that is appropriate to the site. Please download the Tree Selection Factsheet here.
It's worth considering that the right tree in the right place can provide shade and colour, screen unsightly views, frame pleasant views, provide habitat for birds and animals, provide shelter for other plants, reduce temperatures around homes and other buildings on hot days, reduce mowing maintenance, provide clean filtered air, regulate the water table, control erosion and increase the value of a property.
Depending upon species selection and soil type, trees should never be planted too close to a house and other buildings. As a general rule a tree should not be planted within 1.5 metres of any property boundary, or within 3 metres of any building, or even further away, depending on the species selected to allow for sufficient canopy and root development.
The Grow Local: Illawarra Native Garden Guide also provides advice on appropriate local native species.
Click on the headings below to see more information about trees on private land.