Tree Management and Preservation
Council is committed to preserving the unique aspects of our Shire and has adopted tree preservation measures to protect our urban and bushland trees and vegetation. The tree preservation measures are administered through Hornsby Development Control Plan 2013.
These tree preservation measures are designed to protect the local amenity, landscape character and natural history of Hornsby Shire. The importance of trees is often taken for granted along with the benefits provided to the community such as social wellbeing, attracting people and visitors to the area, increasing property values, maintaining the environmental health of our region by protecting soil and water supplies, storing carbon and providing habitat for wildlife. Indigenous trees and many introduced species provide food, shelter and protection from predators for birds, animals and insects.
Frequently Asked Questions
All Trees that are protected by the Hornsby Development Control Plan (HDCP) 2013 Tree and Vegetation Preservation Measures Part1B.6 include:
- All trees as prescribed in the Hornsby Development Control Plan General Part 1 - Tree and Vegetation Chapter - Tree and Vegetation Preservation Measures Part 1B.6.
- All trees on land within a Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) described within the Hornsby Local Environment Plan (HLEP);
- All trees on land comprising heritage items listed within the Hornsby Local Environment Plan (HLEP);
- All trees (including dead trees) within a locally significant, endangered or critically endangered ecological community (EEC), regardless of size, location or species;
- Any trees identified to be retained as a condition of development consent.
There is a listing of exempt tree species that are planted exotics, this listing can be found in Table1B.6 (a) in the HDCP Tree and Vegetation Preservation Measures Part 1B.6. (Please see table below)
Table 1B.6(a) Exempt Tree Species in Hornsby Shire
Golden Wreath Wattle
Tree of Heaven
All edible fruit and nut trees except native species such as Acmena spp (Lilli Pilli), Syzygium spp (Lilli Pilli) Elaeocarpus spp (Blueberry Ash) or Macadamia spp (Macadamia Tree)
Fruit and Nut trees
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
All trees in vegetation communities assessed as Regionally Significant, or of State or Commonwealth significance (Endangered or Critically Endangered Ecological Communities) are protected and will require consent for works that affect these communities. The exemptions to the tree and vegetation preservation
measures listed in the HDCP do not apply to trees and vegetation in these areas as indicated in the Terrestrial Biodiversity Map. These areas of high biodiversity value have legislated environmental protection placed upon them by the State and Federal Governments. The protection measures provide for:
- Council administration of legislative obligations to ensure the protection of threatened species, populations and threatened ecological communities (CEECs and EEC’s) listed under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1975 and Commonwealth Environment Protection and
Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
- All trees (including dead trees) regardless of size or proximity to an approved dwelling, that are characteristic of or form part of Regionally Significant or threatened Ecological Communities are subject to protection.
- The removal of trees and vegetation within an EEC or CEEC or threatened species may still require a licence or approval from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
There are six Heritage Conservation Areas (HCAs) in Hornsby Shire:
- Beecroft/Cheltenham Heritage Conservation Area
- Barker College Heritage Conservation Area
- Hornsby West Side Heritage Conservation Area (Mt Errington Precinct, Peats Ferry Rd Precinct, Pretoria Pde Precinct)
- The Crescent, Pennant Hills Heritage Conservation Area
- Wahroonga Heritage Conservation Area
- Wahroonga (North) Heritage Conservation Area
Download a map showing conservation area boundaries - Hornsby Shire Council Heritage Conservation Areas - 1.1MB.
For a full list of the Shire's HCAs and heritage items, including details, see the Hornsby Local Environment Plan (HLEP).
- Heritage Conservation Act 1997
- Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
- NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995
- NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1975.
- Hornsby Local Environmental Plan
- Hornsby Development Control Plan.
- State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Area’s) 2017under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979
If you have any questions please phone Council on 9847 6666 during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm).