Wollongong City Council Tree Removal & Pruning

Wollongong City Council tree removal & pruning information can be found below. It is important you check all rules before having any tree work done on or around your property as you (the owner) are responsible for your trees. Any illegal tree works done can result in you the owner being heavily fined. Wollongong City Council require permission for most tree removals in Wollongong. A Tree Management Policy applies to the pruning or removal of trees. The Policy covers what trees are protected.

Wollongong City Council Tree Removal Management Policy aims to prevent the unlawful or unnecessary removal, pruning or destruction of trees (including the ringbarking, cutting down, topping, lopping, removing, or injuring) in our local area. The Policy is enforced through clause 5.9 of Wollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009. Chapter E17: Preservation and Management of Trees and Vegetation of Wollongong Development Control Plan 2009 also outlines the requirements for permits, and approvals relating to trees and other vegetation.

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Wollongong City Council Tree Management Policy.

Alternatively, contact Wollongong City Council Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 for more information

Is your property in the 10/50 Tree & Vegetation Fire Zone? This can make you exempt from council. Read our post on the 10/50 Tree removal

Trees that require a permit

Wollongong City Council requires either Development Consent or a Tree Management Permit for tree removal or pruning if your tree:

  • is three metres or more in height
  • has a trunk diameter of 200mm or more at a height of one metre from the ground
  • has a branch spread of three metres or more.
  • is dead/dying and meets the one of the three criteria listed above
  • or for the pruning of major structural/anchor roots.

Wollongong City Council Tree Removal Exempt List

You do not need Council permission to remove the following trees

Afrocarpus falcatus (Syn. Nageia falcatus)
African fern pine, Yellowwood

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Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata
African Olive

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Alnus species

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Robinia pseudoacacia
Black Locust

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Acer negundo
Box Elder

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Cinnamomum camphora
Camphor Laurel

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Phoenix canariensis
Canary Island Date Palm

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Radermachera sinica
China doll

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Triadica sebifera [Sapium sebiferum]
Chinese Tallow

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Syagrus romanzoffiana
Cocos Palm

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Celtis occidentalis
Common Hackberry

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Erythrina X sykesii
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Cotoneaster species

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Domestic Fruit Trees

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Cupressus macrocarpa var brunniana
Brunnings Golden Cypress

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Koelreutaria paniculata
Golden rain Tree

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Harpephyllum caffrum
Kaffir Plum


Liquidamber styraciflua

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Lagunaria patersonii
Norfolk Island Hibiscus/Itchy Pod Tree

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Nerium oleander

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Populus Sp

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Schinus areira
Peppercorn tree

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Pinus radiata
Radiata Pine or Monterey Pine

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Ligustrum Sp

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Ficus elastica
Rubber tree

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Grevillea robusta
Silky oak

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Schefflera actinophylla
Umbrella tree

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Salix species

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A maximum of five (5) trees only may be removed at any one time under this exemption clause, to avoid adverse affects of possible land clearing activities.
It is recommended that a photograph of the exempt tree be kept by the tree owner to confirm the exempt tree species.
The exemption does not apply to any of the above tree species where the tree is within the curtilage of an item of environmental heritage or upon land within a Heritage Conservation Area as identified in the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan 2009. In such cases, the lodgement of a Development Application is required.
Note: Dead trees which are a species listed above are also considered exempt trees. However, dead trees which are a species not listed above are not exempt, and require approval.

Trees or works that do not require a permit

  • A Tree Management Permit is not required for removal or pruning of the following:
  • Where a tree is included in Council’s Exempt Tree Species List. This excludes trees within the curtilage of the heritage item or heritage conservation area.
  • Where a tree is declared a noxious weed in the Wollongong Local Government
  • Area under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993, or any management plan published by the Illawarra District Noxious Weeds Authority.
  • Where a tree has been approved for removal or management action under a Development Consent.
  • Bushfire hazard reduction work, authorised by the NSW Rural Fire Service under the Rural Fires Act 1997.
  • Where action is required or authorised in accordance with the Electricity Supply
  • Act 1995, the Roads Act 1993, the Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002, the Telecommunications Act 1997 or the Sydney Water Act 1994, or any other
  • NSW statutory authority.
  • Where action is carried out by Council, State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, or another infrastructure authority/emergency service authority in response to an emergency (ie where there is an immediate threat of injury to persons or damage to property).
  • Any works to make safe a tree where there is an immediate threat of injury to persons or damage to property, either during or within 48 hours following a severe weather event. Refer to Council’s Dangerous Tree Procedure below for details.
  • Where the works are undertaken by Council or a contractor acting on behalf of Council on Council owned or controlled public land, including but not limited to lands within a sportsground, park, reserve, road reserve, or riparian corridor.

    Wollongong City Council Tree Removal & Pruning Info is always being updated on their website and rules may change at anytime. Please check to make sure all info is current or feel free to give us a call on 1800 RENNIE and we can advise you whether or not you will need to seek council permission

    How to find a professional Wollongong Arborist? 3 tips below!

    1– Does your tree removal company have a website, Facebook page or an online presence? Im not saying this is a must have, but its a good way to know the company is legit and have a read of their credentials

    2– Ask for copies of their insurance. Most professional tree companies will carry 10-20 Million Public liability insurance. Ask them to email you a copy with their quote

    3– Are they qualified Arborists? Now i do know some very talented professional people in the industry who are great at their job and have no “Qualifications” but a minimum of a cert 3 in Aboriculture is something you could expect your Tree professional to have. Level 5 even better (however sometimes i feel these certificates are being found in cereal boxes……..)

    Read about door knocking tree loppers to avoid falling into that trap

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