Trees are important to the landscape of Port Stephens and provide a range of benefits to the community:
- improving the appearance and value of property
- contributing to a sense of wellbeing in communities
- reducing noise, dust and soil erosion
- providing a cooling effect and reducing the impact of extreme heat
- providing food and shelter for animals (including koalas) and plants
- improving water quality by filtering out nutrients and contaminants
- improving local air quality by absorbing air pollutants and producing oxygen for us to breathe.
Tree pruning and removal assessment form
Complete our online assessment and form to determine if you'll need Council-issued approval to remove or prune a tree on your property.
To ensure trees are managed responsibly in Port Stephens, we've answered some frequently asked questions below:
- The tree is in danger of immediate failure (within 48 hours) — a self-certification form must be completed and submitted to Council after removal.
- The tree presents a risk to property or life — a self-certification form must be completed and submitted to Council at least 10 working days prior to removal.
- The tree is dead or dying and is not required as the habitat of native animals — a report by an AQF3 Arborist and a self-certification form must be completed and submitted to Council at least 10 days prior to removal.
- Minor pruning of less than 12 months’ growth or 10% of foliage.
- Removal is authorised under a Council-issued development consent, certificate, or under other legislation (for example, the Rural Fires Act 10/50 vegetation clearing rule).
- The tree is less than 3 metres high and the trunk diameter is less than 300mm measured at breast height and removal does not otherwise require a permit.
- The tree is more than 3 metres high or the trunk diameter is more than 300mm measured at breast height and removal does not otherwise require a permit or the tree is within 5 metres of a wall of an approved structure, is a tree grown for fruit or nut production, or is an undesirable species listed in the Port Stephens DCP.
- Download our fact sheet on dealing with trees on a neighbour’s property (PDF 283KB)