Trees on Private Land

Trees on your property

Storm Damage Clean-up

Council thanks residents who assisted in the recent storms by cleaning up tree debris from public land and roadways - these will be collected from nature strips over the coming weeks. Trees that fall from private property onto the road or nature strip will also be collected (back to the property line) by Council.

The collection of debris that originated from private property is being managed via our Kerbside Cleanup Service, while smaller quantities can be placed in the waste service. Residents are welcome to book a Kerbside Cleanup Service here. For the Kerbside Cleanup Service, vegetation should be bundled and tied in 1.5m lengths and branches must be less than 10cm in diameter to enable waste collection teams to pick the items up.

If residents have large damaged trees on private property, it is recommended they contact their insurance company.


Trees play an important role in our environment. They provide habitat for wildlife and protect soil and water supplies.

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 includes provisions requiring the preservation of trees and bushland within The Hills Shire.

Consent is required to:

  • Prune a tree by more than 10%
  • Remove any tree not exempted from the Tree Preservation Order
  • Substantially alter the soil level within the 3 metres surrounding the tree's trunk

If you are responsible for the removal, damage or lopping of a tree without Council’s consent you may be liable for a possible maximum fine of up to $1,100,000.

Consent is NOT required to:  

  • Remove a priority weed
  • Remove a tree grown for its fruit


What you need to know

Council, at its meeting of 24 June 2014, adopted a new Tree Management Guideline which included potential changes to the Development Control Plan (DCP). Changes to the DCP, which outline, the definition of a tree and details trees that may be removed without Development Consent or a Tree Management Permit, were adopted at Council's meeting of 25 November 2014.

Tree Management Guidelines for Private Trees(PDF, 166KB)

List of Trees that may be removed without Council Approval - Guidelines Exempt(PDF, 97KB)

Tree Management Fact Sheet(PDF, 3MB)
Application Forms

Tree Management Application(PDF, 583KB) 
View associated Fees & Charges - (Part 5 of The Hills Shire Plan)

Payment by Credit Card Form(PDF, 416KB)
For further assistance with your application please call Council during business hours or +61 2 9843 0555.

10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice

Please note that the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice applies to parts of the Shire. Residents should make their own assessment as to how the 10-/50 Code applies to their property. More information can be obtained from the RFS website


Native Vegetation Clearing Application

A Vegetation Clearing application is required to be lodged for minor works that are proposed to clear any native vegetation that is not approved as part of a Development Consent issued by The Hills Shire Council or a Hazard Reduction Certificate issued by NSW Rural Fire Service.

Vegetation Clearing Application Form(PDF, 99KB)

Consulting and Contracting Arborists
The two organisations listed below keep registers of consulting and practicing arborists and may be useful for sourcing an arborist to assess and report on trees, supervise works on or adjacent to trees, or for professional pruning or tree removal.

Disclaimer: The Hills Shire Council does not endorse or recommend any listed provider or warrant that any service providers are suitable or appropriately qualified. Individuals and organisations should conduct their own review process before choosing or engaging any listed service provider and do so at their own risk.