Most trees in Ku-ring-gai are protected by Council's Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or the Local Centres Development Control Plan to ensure Ku-ring-gai's tree and vegetation resources are managed sustainably. Your address will determine which policy you must comply with.
Trees on private property
If you’d like to prune or remove a tree on private property, check the Tree Preservation Order or Local Centres Development Control Plan depending on which policy applies to your address. Most properties will be covered by the TPO. For the Local Centres area, view the relevant land zoning map to check if your address falls within the area covered by this policy.
If either policy requires you to get Council approval prior to pruning or removing a tree, you will need to complete a Request for Tree Works form and submit it to Council for consideration against the Assessment Guidelines for Trees on Private Land (properties covered by the TPO) or the Local Centres Development Control Plan (properties located within the 'local centres').
Tree Preservation Order
Local Centres Development Control Plan
Local Centres land zoning maps
Request for Tree Works form (pdf. 179KB)
Council's contact details
Ku-ring-gai also has many heritage items and heritage conservation areas where trees and vegetation are an important aspect of their character. Within heritage conservation areas and heritage items, tree works other than works for minor maintenance may require development consent from Council (development application).
Heritage conservation areas
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 Council’s Tree Preservation Order (subject to compliance with the 10/50 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 the Tree Preservation Order.
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
Assessment Guidelines for Trees on Private Land (pdf. 35KB)
Advice on Choosing an Arborist (pdf. 30KB)
For information on tree disputes between neighbours view:
Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006
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