This page is about Upper North Shore Tree Removal & Pruning. If you are looking information for another Sydney region, check out our Tree Removal & Pruning Guide.
Residents of the Upper North Shore may need a local council permit to prune or removal a tree. According to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017, local council’s development control plan may make the declaration in any way. This may include reference to:
- Species of vegetation.
- Size of vegetation.
- Location of vegetation.
- Impact on ecological community or habitat of a threatened species.
Before commencing any tree work, check the information below to find out if your tree work requires a council permit.
Upper North Shore Tree Removal & Pruning Permit
The Upper North Shore contains suburbs in the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Council areas. See the below pages for specific tree removal information. Including information about tree exempt list.
- Ku-ring-gai Council
- Hornsby Council
Permit Requirements For Upper North Shore Tree Removal & Pruning
If your tree work includes any of the following, you will need a council permit or development approval.
Ku-ring-gai Council Tree Removal & Pruning
- Tree height of 5 metres or more.
- Trunk diameter of 150mm or more measured at ground level.
- Remainder of the natural vegetation of the land.
- Representative of the structure and floristics of the natural vegetation.
- Trees or other vegetation native to New South Wales, including those that established in NSW before
European settlement. (https://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/).
Hornsby Council Tree Removal & Pruning
- All trees on land within a heritage conservation area.
- All trees listed as heritage items.
- Tree and vegetation that form part of an ecological endangered community.
- Trees with a height more than 3m.
- Any trees identified to be retained as a condition of development consent.
- Any tree with surrounding native vegetation.