Note: This post has been updated. Wyong and Gosford tree policy has changed. For the latest 2018 rules please click this link.
Looking for a Tree Lopper in Gosford?
Most tree removal and tree lopping on the Central Coast, requires approval from either Gosford or Wyong Shire Councils. Although both Councils have recently amalgamated, care should be taken as both Councils still have slightly different guidelines when it comes to working on their trees.
You can be working on eucalyptus species tree pruning in Gosford, then drive 5 minutes up the road and be pruning trees in Bateau Bay (Wyong Shire), where it is a whole different ball game. Bateau Bay East is identified as a particularly unique and vulnerable coastal environment, and to their credit, Wyong Council has done a great job of preserving this natural habitat in the past – UNTIL NOW!
Wyong Council has recently updated it’s Development Control Plan and tree works guidelines. Previously trees within 3 metres of a building were exempt from approval providing they were not on the Councils endangered or keystone species list and were not located in sensitive areas such as Bateau Bay East.
NOW all trees on residential blocks under 1500 square metres are exempt for tree removal in Wyong, unless they are endangered or keystone species! It should also be noted that endangered or keystone species, irrespective of height and distance from your home require Council approval for any tree works at all times. Exceptions to this rule are those trees identified as undesirable species. Be careful here as well, as some cultivars (cultivated varieties) of these undesirables are not classed as undesirables (eg robinia pseudoacacia).
The regulations are a bit of a mind field, you can find further documentation on this from Wyong Council or check out our tree service Central Coast page for Council approval forms and information. If you are still having trouble contact an Arborist on 43846486 or the Council officers directly.