Follow the steps below to find out if you need to complete a permit application before you remove any trees or vegetation from your backyard.
Here on the MidCoast, we’ve developed a targeted Vegetation Management Policy to target only those areas where vegetation contributes significant ecological value (like habitats and fauna), or amenity and important landscape character. This means it only applies to specific areas, not right across the region.
To check if your property is covered by the policy, view the Vegetation Management mapping on our online mapping portal. (Switch on Vegetation Management Policy mapping under "General Development Constraints" on the left hand side.) or view the image below.
After using the mapping tool, if you're still unsure whether your property is covered, please contact us for assistance - phone 02 7955 7777 or email [email protected]
To find out more about our targeted mapping process, and why the areas covered are included, view the Assessment Criteria(PDF, 309KB).
Applying for an exemption is only necessary if the vegetation to be removed or pruned is in an area covered by the policy (see previous step to see if this applies to you.)
If the property is covered by the policy and you want to seek an exemption, please click on the button below to complete the relevant self-assessment form. Note that pruning and removal are treated as separate types of vegetation management, and if you are looking to undertake both, you will need to complete both self-assessment forms.
Eligibility for an exemption will remove the need to lodge an application (Step 3).
Applying for a permit is only necessary if the vegetation to be removed or pruned is in an area covered by the Vegetation Management Policy. You can check whether it is covered in Step 1 of this page.
If the location is covered by the policy and you have determined the works to be carried out are NOT eligible for an exemption (see Step 2), you can submit a Permit Application for assessment below.
Vegetation management is regulated by a complex web of legislation, programs, controls and strategies, many of which are driven by the State Government. Our Vegetation Management Policy is just one part of this.
All property-owners, even those who are granted an exemption under the Vegetation Management Policy, should ensure the tree/s you intend to prune or remove are not protected under any legislation. While not exhaustive, some of this information is provided below (as applicable on 30 September 2021).
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