Wingecarribee Shire Council is advising residents of changes to the way in which tree and vegetation permits are now processed.
As of 1 July 2018, all tree and vegetation clearing applications will now be assessed and referred to the relevant agency based on the zoning of the property from where the tree is to be removed.
In brief, all applications involving removals from rural zoned properties will be handled by the NSW Government’s Local Land Services Department. All non-rural and Environmental-zoned areas will now be processed by Council.
Exceptions include any trees which are to be removed from Heritage Conservation Zones or Heritage-listed properties. Residents wishing to remove a tree in these areas will still need to lodge a Development Application with Council.
These changes are a result of a number of recently introduced policy changes from the NSW State Government designed to streamline approvals and provide dedicated resources to help reduce regulatory burden.
These policies provide a framework for future land management and biodiversity conservation including arrangements for managing native vegetation.
To help residents determine whether a tree removal application is required for their property and who will process the application should it be necessary, Council has launched an online self-assessment tool.
This Vegetation Clearing Permit function is available from Council’s webpage and includes a step-by-step navigation process for applications and an online map identifying the Shire’s different property zonings.
To view the online Tree Removal Permit process visit Council’s website at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/tree-and-vegetation-clearing-on-private-land.
For more information contact Council’s Customer Services Department on phone 4868 0888.