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Wollongong City Council

You may need Council’s permission to prune or remove trees on your property.

You do not need permission to prune or remove trees on your property that are:

  • on the exempt trees list
  • already approved to be removed or pruned as part of a Development Consent.

You do need permission to prune or remove trees that are any of the following:

  • more than 5 metres in height
  • has a trunk diameter of 30cm or more, measured at ground level
  • has branches that are more than 10cm in diameter where they meet the trunk (for pruning)
  • has large roots that you want to prune
  • dead or dying.

Note that different rules may apply for palm trees and hedges.

Please download Managing Trees in Wollongong - A Customer Guide PDF, 1621.35 KB to learn more.

There are two ways to get approval from Council to prune or remove a tree:

  1. Apply for a Tree Permit. Use the button at the bottom of this page to apply  It can take around 28 working days for your application to be processed.
  2. Get permission through a Development Application. Use this option to prune or remove a tree as part of work for a proposed development, like a house, extension, granny flat, pool or garage.

If you have questions, call us on (02) 4227 7111.

If the tree you want to prune is on a neighbour’s property, see our Issues with Neighbours’ Trees page.

You can read more about what we consider when assessing a tree application in our Tree Management Policy PDF, 188.49 KB.