Most trees in Ku-ring-gai are protected to ensure Ku-ring-gai's tree and vegetation resources are managed sustainably and to maintain Ku-ring-gai's leafy character. Our Development Control Plans specify the guidelines for protecting trees and vegetation including when council permission is required for pruning or removing a tree.
Removing or pruning trees on private property
If you’d like to prune or remove a tree on private property, check the guidelines in the following documents first:
Find out which Plan covers my property
If your tree protection guidelines require you to get council permission prior to pruning or removing a tree, submit an application to prune or remove trees on a private property (pdf. 229KB). We will consider your application against the Tree assessment Guidelines for Application to prune or remove trees on private property (pdf. 105KB). Ku-ring-gai also has many heritage items and heritage conservation areas where trees and vegetation are an important aspect of their character. Tree works in such areas, other than works for minor maintenance, may require development consent from Council.
10/50 vegetation clearing
The 10/50 vegetation clearing rule and Code of Practice has been developed by the NSW Rural Fire Service to permit landowners in certain areas to undertake vegetation clearing on their own land around residential accommodation and high risk facilities to reduce the risk of bush fire. Within these areas, the new laws override our tree protection guidelines (subject to compliance with the 10/50 Code of Practice).
Please note that some trees/vegetation are still protected regardless of the 10/50 vegetation clearing rule and Code of Practice.
Learn more about the 10/50 rule
Trees on public property
Our tree teams look after public areas such as parks, sportsgrounds, golf courses and nature strips. We prune trees, collect fallen trees/branches, and remove dead or dangerous trees/branches in accordance with Council's Tree Management Policy.
Contact us to request tree maintenance in a public area
Trees in areas under development
To protect significant trees in areas under construction or development, we may establish a Tree Protection Zone. Usually fencing is placed around the trees and remains in place until work has finished.
Without these zones, the health and stability of trees could suffer from damage due to construction-related work, such as excavation or movement of heavy machinery.
Contact us for more information on trees and development
For information on tree disputes between neighbours view:
Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006
You can learn how to choose and look after native plants and receive gardening advice on what to plant and how to care for your garden.
Tree assessment Guidelines for Application to prune or remove trees on private property (pdf. 105KB)
Advice on Choosing an Arborist