An application must be lodged with Council before pruning or removing a NSW native tree or Norfolk Island Pine from any private property in Lake Macquarie. Please use the assessment tools below to determine what action is required to prune or remove a tree located on your property.
How to tell if a tree is native
It is the property owner's responsibility to identify if a tree is native, non-native or otherwise exempt from requiring consent prior to removal or pruning.
Council does not provide a species identification service and will only identify the species after an application is received.
Some suggestions to identify tree species prior to lodging your application are:
- A consulting arborist or horticulturist can identify the species and complete a health and hazard assessment of the tree. They can confirm whether Council consent is required.
- A reputable tree service operator may be able to identify the species, provide advice on whether Council consent is required for pruning or removal, and provide a quote for any works.
- Take a sample (e.g. leaves and fruit/seed/nut) to a local nursery for identification.