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Wollongong City Council

How We Process Tree Applications

After we receive your tree permit application, we will inspect your trees to assess their health and the reasons listed in your application before we make a decision.

Please tag the relevant trees as soon as you lodge your application so we can easily identify them. You should do this using brightly coloured tape, ribbon, string, or a similar non-permanent material that won't hurt the tree.

Some of the things we consider when processing your application include whether the tree:

  • is dead or dying
  • has a disease or infestation
  • poses a real danger to life or property
  • poses a risk to structures or important services like a sewer or water main
  • is likely to grow too large for its location
  • is culturally or otherwise significant, or a habitat for native animals.

You can read more about what we consider when assessing a tree application in our Tree Management Permit Policy PDF, 83.42 KB

Changes to tree inspections due to Coronavirus

We have changed how we inspect trees for the safety of our customers and staff.

To make sure there is no face-to-face contact, we will phone you before we inspect your tree/s to:

  • make sure we can access your property without you being present, and
  • talk about any other issues we need to consider to make sure we keep everyone safe.

Because of these changes, the processing time for most applications is currently around 28 days.

Please make sure you have your correct daytime phone number on your application to help with this process.