Trees

Trees contribute to local amenity and help make our urban and rural environment liveable by ameliorating climatic extremes, improving air quality, providing habitat, reducing erosion and salinity. Future development in the Camden Local Government Area will place significant pressure on existing trees and space for new trees as available land becomes increasingly scarce.  

This section provides information on:

Street Tree Removal and Pruning

A tree, shrub, grass or any other vegetation located on public land is protected by the Local Government Act 1993. Approval to undertake any tree or vegetation works must be made with Council. The removal and/or pruning of any vegetation without approval from Council is a breach of the Local Government Act 1993 and penalties may apply.

Council is responsible for the management of trees on Council land. You can request an inspection and assessment of a tree by:

  • Contacting Council on 4654 7777,
  • Emailing Council on mail@camden.nsw.gov.au or
  • Calling into Council's Oran Park Administration Office.

Street Tree Planting

Residents can request a street tree to be planted via Council's Street Tree Planting Program.

Council's Urban Tree and Landscape Officer will determine the suitability of the request.

Requests can be made by:

  • Contacting Council on 4654 7777,
  • Emailing Council on mail@camden.nsw.gov.au or
  • Calling into Council's Oran Park Administration Office.

Preservation of Trees or Vegetation - Private Land

Camden Council, like the majority of Councils in NSW, has tree preservation controls to preserve the amenity of the area including biodiversity values, through the preservation of trees and other vegetation. As such, development consent must be obtained prior to the removal of trees and vegetation.

Camden Council places considerable emphasis on the role of trees in maintaining the character of its areas with many historic links between native and cultural plantings from early colonial times through to the present.

Follow the links to the relevant sections pertaining to Tree Preservation controls in the Camden Local Environment Plan 2010, Camden Development Control Plan 2011 and for a copy of the Tree Removal/Pruning Development Application Form.

For more information on Tree removal/pruning proposals or advice contact Council’s Vegetation Management Officer on 4654 7777.

Download the Tree Removal/Pruning Development Application Form.

Arborist Report Requirements

Arboricultural Reports must be submitted with any Development Application for Commercial, Industrial, Subdivision, medium and high density residential Development. This includes Preliminary Assessment Report, Impact Assessment Report and Tree Protection Plan.

For other situations an arboricultural report can be submitted to accompany a development application or may be requested by Council’s Vegetation Officer. Types of reports include but not limited to, Health Assessment Report and Risk and Hazard Assessment Report.

This list provides the minimum requirements that are expected by Council for the submission and assessment of an Arboricultural Assessment Report.

Different Types of Reports:

  • Preliminary Assessment Report
  • Impact Assessment Report
  • Tree Protection Plan
  • Health Assessment Report
  • Risk and Hazard Assessment Report

Download Arborist Report Requirements.

Landscape Plan Requirements

Landscaping Plans must be submitted with any Development Application for Commercial, Industrial, Subdivision, Waterfront/Riparian areas, rehabilitation of Ecological areas, medium and high density residential Development.

This list provides the minimum requirements that are expected by Council for the submission and assessment of a Landscape Plan.

Download Landscape Plan Requirements.

Tree Managament Policy

The aim of Council's Tree Management Policy is to provide guidelines to ensure consistency in the management of tree assets and tree selection within the Camden Local Government Area.

Download the Tree Management Policy.

Tree and Landscape Species List

This list is to provide an indicative species palette suitable for planting in public and private open space within Camden Local Government Area (LGA). Download the Tree and Landscape Species List.

Tree Disputes

For more information on how to deal with a tree dispute, visit the Community Justice Centre website.