Application to Remove or Prune Trees & Vegetation
If you wish to undertake tree or vegetation works an application form needs to be completed and lodged either in person with the Council customer service team or on line. For applications to be processed, the application must have the endorsement of the property owner or their agent where the tree is located. Fees do apply to permit applications and payment needs to accompany the application form. The results of the application will be sent to the owner of the tree not the applicant.
A development application is required for requests to prune or remove trees or vegetation located within a Heritage Item or land within a Heritage Conservation Area where the works are considered to be major.
Where trees or vegetation works are contrary to a development consent that requires trees to be retained a section 96 application will be required.
Online applications and payment by credit card are available through Council's Online Services Portal.
Applying in person or sending via mail
Download an application form
Completed application forms can be can be lodged by returning the completed form together with payment by:
- In Person: Council's Administration Building 296 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby
- Mail: Hornsby Shire Council PO Box 37, HORNSBY NSW 1630.
Applications received via the mail can only include payment of the relevant application fee by cheque only.
There is a fee for the inspection of tree/s on private property. Download Council's Tree Inspection Fees.
Processing Your Application
Following the receipt of your application, one of Council's qualified arborists will inspect your tree/s and conduct a site inspection to assess the health of the tree and the merits of the application before a determination can be made.
Some of the assessment factors taken into account include:
- Potential risk of injury
- Potential risk of damage to buildings and structures
- The trees health, growth potential and structural soundness
- Whether the tree is visually or culturally significant
- Whether the tree forms part of green corridor, remnant species and provides native habitat.
To assist Councils assessment you may wish to include additional information with the application such as:
- Proof of damage caused by a tree
- A tree report on the condition of the tree from an AQF5 qualified arborist (Diploma in Arboriculture). Tree reports must be compliant with Council's Guidelines for Arboricultural Impact Assessment.
- A building report from a structural engineer
- A pest inspection report.
Applications will be processed in 28 working days and the owner will be advised of this determination in writing. If you are dissatisfied with a decision, Section 12 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 [NSW] gives you the right to appeal to the Land and Environment Court within 3 months after the date on which you receive the Determination.
In instances where applications are submitted for trees that are exempt from requiring permission under Council's DCP, Council may consider to refund part of the application fee. However, if an officer has attended site and carried out an inspection, Council will retain as a processing fee of $100.
Where applications are submitted for trees that are exempt due to the 10/50 entitlements, the application fee will not be refunded if the owner is seeking Councils confirmation that they have access to the 10/50 entitlement. Please note that it is the property owner's responsibility to make the necessary checks to determine if the 10/50 entitlement applies to their property.
How can I appeal against a Council decision on my application?
If you are dissatisfied with a decision Section 12 of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 [NSW] gives you the right to appeal to the Land and Environment Court within 3 months after the date on which you receive the Determination.
Enquiries about this process should be addressed to the Registrar of the Court.