Lake Macquarie City Council Tree Removal Application Forms

Lake Macquarie City Council Tree Removal requires residential property owners to comply with certain rules and regulations. If your property is within the Lake Macquarie City Council, Tree Removal guidelines are stated below.

When a tree can be Removed or Pruned without Council permission, the following conditions apply:-

  • Single native shrubs less than three metres in height, except for trees located adjacent to a heritage item in a conservation area or listed on our Significant Tree Register.
  • Any tree that is confirmed dead by an AQF Level 3 Arborist and is not hollow-bearing or providing habitat for native fauna. Photographic evidence that the tree was dead is required for future reference in case we are required to investigate the tree’s removal.
  • Tree works and clearing that have been approved as part of development consent.
  • If the tree trunk, measured at 1.4 metres in height, is located within five metres of the outermost projection of an approved building or structure on the same property. Approved buildings don’t include exempt or complying development.
  • The tree is dangerous and failure is imminent (for example, a split trunk or tree is moving in the ground) and is independently confirmed by an AQF Level 5 Arborist. Council is to be notified before undertaking works.

These guidelines are for residential properties only. If you require more information please click here for the full Lake Macquarie Tree Preservation and Native Vegetation Management Guideline(PDF, 1MB

Trees on Council land include those located on the nature strip between the road and the front boundary of your property.

For trees on Council land, you are able to lodge a request to have the tree assessed. This can be done via email or phone 4921 0333.

Lake Macquarie City Council Information

If Lake Macquarie City Council advice is required or you would like help to fill out your application forms, please call Jess on 0419 289 223.

Outside of urban areas, on most rural properties, the Native Vegetation Act 2004 applies with Hunter Local Land Services as the consent authority.  It is advised to Ring Lake Macquarie City on 02 4921 0333 if you are unsure of your land’s rules and guidelines.

For the Rural Fire Service 10/50 Zoning, check your address here.

For Rural zoning or to check if you are located under the Lake Macquarie City Rules and Regulations or under the Hunter Local Land Services, please ring the council as different rules may apply.


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