Tree and vegetation policies

Council works with the community to protect trees and ensure that the future of Willoughby will be green.

Vegetation Management Policy

Trees and vegetation are managed by the Vegetation Management Policy(PDF, 136KB)This policy brings together a suite of documents (listed below) and consolidates various plans, policies and procedures for vegetation protection, management, connectivity and sustainability. 

Related documents

Urban Tree Management Policy(PDF, 1MB)

Strategic framework to guide the protection, care, maintenance and management of trees throughout the Willoughby local government area.

Key topics:

  • tree protection
  • habitat protection, recovery and connectivity
  • tree asset management
  • community engagement

Vegetation Management Guidelines(PDF, 2MB)

The Vegetation Management Guideline supports, and should be used with reference to, the Vegetation Management Policy.

Key topics:

  • clearing trees and vegetation
  • tree report requirements
  • replacement planting
  • street trees
  • nature strip / verge management
  • volunteer and education programs
  • community gardens
  • temporary access over community land

Willoughby Street Tree Master Plan(PDF, 5MB)

The Willoughby Street Tree Master Plan establishes the strategic framework to guide the provision, selection and planting of street trees throughout the City.

Key topics:

  • landscape context and selection criteria
  • street tree precinct plans
Vegetation Management of Willoughby Development Control Plan (WDCP)

This component of Willoughby Development Control Plan (WDCP) is made under Part 3 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP).

Key topics:

  • permit required for clearing of vegetation
  • development application required for clearing of vegetation
  • exemptions
  • development applications under Part 4.2 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • replacement trees
  • vegetation management guidelines
Willoughby Natural Heritage Register Register of heritage places and items including natural vegetation communities, remnant native trees, fauna habitat and geological features. 
Urban Bushland Plan of Management The overarching plan for all bushland areas in Willoughby.

For advice on tree health and preservation, please contact Council on 9777 1000 or