Hurstville City’s leafy environment is an important part of our local character. Trees play a vital role in our local ecosystem, attract visitors and property buyers to Hurstville City and protect us from the sun.
To preserve Hurstville City’s leafy character, Council has in place a two different tree management processes, aimed at retaining as many trees as possible within the Hurstville Local Government Area. This means that, by law, you need to obtain a Tree Management Permit or Development Consent to remove or prune certain trees on private land.
Tree Management in Hurstville LGA
Tree Management Process 1 – All Land (Outside of Hurstville City Centre)
For the majority of private land within the Hurstville LGA the Preservation of trees or vegetation is contained within Clause 5.9 of the Hurstville Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Clause 3.11 of Hurstville Development Control Plan No.1 – LGA Wide (DCP No.1).
Please consult Clause 3.11 of DCP No.1 for further details in relation to tree preservation prior to making an application to undertake tree management work.
Tree Management Process 2 – Land in the Hurstville City Centre
For private land within the Hurstville City Centre the preservation of trees or vegetation will continue to be contained within the Tree Preservation Order made under Clause 14 of the Hurstville LEP 1994.
When deciding whether or not a tree should be removed, Council will consider the application in light of the Tree Preservation Order. Please consult Council’s Tree Preservation Order and Tree Pruning and Removal Guidelines prior to making an application to prune or remove a tree.
Lodging an application
To apply to remove a tree on public land:
- download and complete the Inspection Application for Trees on Council Controlled Land
- lodge your application at the Hurstville Civic Centre Customer Service Centre.
To apply to remove a tree on private land:
- download and complete the Application to Remove or Prune a Tree(s)
- lodge your application at the Hurstville Civic Centre Customer Service Centre. An application fee must also be paid upon lodgement. Senior citizens with a valid card and schools (excluding child care centres) are exempt from fees.
Once you have lodged your application a Tree Management Officer will inspect the tree and issue a letter of approval or refusal.
If the applicant is unhappy with the outcome, they can apply for a review within 12 months for 50 per cent of the original fee, by lodging a Tree Application Review form.
Forms and guidelines
Inspection Application for Trees ON COUNCIL CONTROLLED LAND - application for inspection, pruning or removing of trees ON COUNCIL CONTROLLED LAND
Application to Remove or Prune Tree(s).pdf (302.23kB) - trees on private land.
Tree Application Review.pdf (275.39kB) - following refusal of an initial application.
Tree Pruning and Removal Guidelines (147.34kB) - for trees on private land.