Vegetation Clearing Permit

Use this form to apply for a Vegetation Clearing Permit pursuant to State Environmental Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017

Submission Requirements

When this form CANNOT be used:

  • If the subject property is within a rural zone controlled by Local Land Services.
  • If the subject property is within a Heritage Conservation Area or is a heritage item.
  • For Clearing Patches of Native Vegetation

 Currently, Council  can issue permits for  the  removal of  individual  trees (1 or more) but NOT for clearing patches of native vegetation using the Vegetation Clearing Permit form until amendments to Council's Development Control Plans are endorsed by Council.

NOTE: The current temporary inability of Council to issue a permit for clearing patches of native vegetation under the Vegetation SEPP is NOT a legal defense to the offence of picking plants under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Supporting Documentation

Statement outlining reasons for proposed works (Mandatory requirement)

All applications MUST be accompanied by a separate statement outlining the reasons behind requesting the proposed works. Your Statement must be clear and outline valid reasons which support your proposed works.

Site Plan – Tree Removal/Pruning only (mandatory requirement)

A basic site plan MUST be submitted which shows the following information. The site plan can be hand drawn provided it is clear and shows the following. Google map/aerial photos will not be accepted:

  • Site boundaries, street, street name.
  • Main dwelling, sheds, other structures
  • The subject tree/s is to be shown as a circle and numbered if more than one.
  • Do not write any additional information on the site plan. See attached example site plans for guidance.

Colour Photos (mandatory requirement)

Please provide two colour photographs with your submission to demonstrate the context of the tree, possible damage and/or disease.

Depending on the site, complexity and reason for your application, additional information may be required, which may include:

Flora & Fauna Report

Depending on the biodiversity that is present on the site and the scale of the proposed impact, applicants MAY be required to engage a suitably qualified Ecologist to prepare a Flora and Fauna Assessment Report, which includes the new 5 Part Test, to determine the level of impact that the clearing may have on threatened species, populations, ecological communities or their habitats. This Report will be considered as part of Council’s assessment and determination.

Landscape Plan

While not a mandatory submission requirement, a landscape plan MAY be requested where the approval of proposed works warrant extensive compensatory replanting.

Bushfire Report

While not a mandatory submission requirement, a bushfire report is required where the reasons outlined in your Statement are related to bushfire management.

Arborist Report

An arborist report is only required where the opinion of such is referenced in your Statement as a reason for which the removal of trees is sort. An Arborist Report will only be accepted by Council where it has been prepared by an AQF Level 5 Arborist.

Additional Supporting Information

While not a mandatory submission requirement, supporting reports such as those from a plumber, or structural engineer should be submitted to support your application where the reasons outlined in your Statement are related to damage caused by tree roots to sewer, storm water, foundations etc.

Will There be Conditions of Approval?

Vegetation Clearing Permits may include conditions that relate to work methods, site specific requirements or rehabilitation or re-vegetation works to compensate for the loss of vegetation.

Site Plan Example - Small Lot


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Site Plan Example - Large Lot/ Acreage

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Step 1.Complete the application details

Complete the required details in the online application form.  

Step 2.Pay the fee

Customer Service will contact you to take payment over the phone via credit card. Please note a 1% surcharge will apply.

Step 3.Assessment

Your application will be assessed.

Step 4.Processing time

Please allow 28 business days for us to process your application.

In Person

Step 1.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete our Vegetation Clearing Permit(PDF, 398KB). Please make sure to bring this with you.

Step 2.Prepare your site plan and supporting information 

Ensure you have all of the relevant documents you need to accompany the application (if applicable).

Step 3.Visit our offices

Come to council offices between 9am - 4pm, Monday to Friday to submit and pay for your application. Please bring your preferred form of payment - we accept cash, cheque, Eftpos or credit card.


By Mail

Step 1.Complete the registration form

Download, print and complete our Vegetation Clearing Permit(PDF, 398KB) ensuring you have completed this form accurately and in its entirety.

Step 2.Prepare your certificates

Ensure you have included photocopies (please do not send originals as we do not return these) of the relevant documents and certificates you need to accompany the application (if applicable).

Step 3.Send us your completed form

Either by email to: 

Or by post to:

The General Manager, Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141, Moss Vale, NSW 2577