WLEP 2012 Tree and Vegetation Preservation

The WLEP 2012 Tree and Vegetation Preservation has been enacted by Council to ensure the conservation and management of the trees and landscape of the local area.

There are some restrictions on which plants and trees you can prune, remove or transplant on your own property. You can apply for permission to prune or remove a tree.

The following documents outline in more detail what is covered by the WLEP 2012 Tree and Vegetation Preservation, and how you can apply for Council consent. Read them carefully before making any alterations to plants and trees on your property.

Plants and Trees Protected 

All trees that have the following dimensions:

  • a height exceeding 4 metres, or
  • a trunk girth (circumference) exceeding 600 millimetres measured at 1.2 metres above ground level, or
  • a crown spread exceeding 3 metres
  • All trees, regardless of dimensions, listed as rare or threatened or a component of a Threatened Ecological Community or Critical Habitat listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995
  • All trees, regardless of dimensions, listed as items under the Willoughby Natural Heritage Register
  • All locally occurring native vegetation in bushland

Plants and Trees Exempt 

Council permission is not required for the following:

  1. The pruning or removal of dead trees
  2. Removal, pruning or control of plants declared a Noxious Plant under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993
  3. Pruning or removal of recognised horticultural varieties of fruit trees grown for fruit production
  4. Pruning or removal of "undesirable trees" as listed in the brochure

The pdf format Tree and Vegetation Preservation contains a complete list of exemptions.