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Wollongong City Council

Exempt Trees

Exempt trees are species that you can remove or prune without a permit. You can remove up to five exempt trees at a time.

If you’re not sure what type of tree you have, check with a qualified arborist or horticulturalist before removing or pruning the tree.

It’s also a good idea to take a photo to keep as a record before removing any exempt trees.

When exempt rules may not apply

You may need a Development Application to prune or remove a tree if it is any of the following, even if it’s on the exempt list:

  • The tree or the site it's on is classified as being part of a vulnerable, threatened or endangered ecological community.
  • The tree provides, or has the potential to provide, habitat for native plants or animals classified as vulnerable or threatened under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 or Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
  • The tree is a heritage item, forms part of a heritage item, or is within a heritage conservation area.
  • There is an approval or agreement in place that requires the tree to be retained or protected. This could include conditions in a development consent, a conservation agreement, Section 88B restriction on the use of land, or a positive covenant.

If you’re not sure whether any of these conditions apply to you, please use our online enquiry form or call (02) 4227 7111.

Exempt Trees List

Common NameBotanical Name
African fern pine, YellowwoodAfrocarpus falcatus (Syn. Nageia falcatus)
African OliveOlea europaea subsp. cuspidata
AlderAlnus species
Black LocustRobinia pseudoacacia
Box ElderAcer negundo
Camphor LaurelCinnamomum camphora
Canary Island Date PalmPhoenix canariensis
China DollRadermachera sinica
Chinese TallowTriadica sebifera [Sapium sebiferum]
Cocos or Queen PalmSyagrus romanzoffiana
Common HackberryCeltis occidentalis
Coral TreeErythrina x sykesii
CotoneasterCotoneaster species
Domestic Fruit Trees 
Golden Cypress PineCuppressus macrocarpa ‘Brunniana’
Goldenrain TreeKoelreutaria paniculata
Honey LocustGleditsia triacanthos
Kaffir PlumHarpephyllum caffrum
LiquidambarLiquidambar species
Norfolk Island Hibiscus/Itchy Pod TreeLagunaria patersonii
OleanderNerium oleander
Peppercorn, Pepper TreeSchinus areira
PoplarPopulus species
PrivetLigustrum species
Radiata PinePinus radiata
Rubber TreeFicus elastica
Silky OakGrevillea robusta
Umbrella TreeSchefflera actinophylla
WillowSalix species