Trees and vegetation on private land
Trees and vegetation are protected under legislation and planning policies. We outline when you need a permit from Council.
The safety of the community and protection of our unique environment are of the utmost importance. If you need advice, or see a building site with safety issues, please contact us.
If you are thinking of levelling your land and / or adding fill - call us first!
Top soil sold as fill can contain contaminants and depending on its origin this could include weeds, detrimental nutrients and harmful pollutants that could permanently devalue your land. Even if its free it doesn't mean its good! You could also end up facing hefty fines and clean up costs. Suppliers of fill need to obtain official certification to ensure that their fill is free of chemical and harmful materials. Click here to learn more.
In some cases development approval may also be required.
All building sites are required to install fencing that prevents the community from entering sites where they could get hurt. The fencing should also display a sign with contact details of the builder and principal certifier.
Our unique environment is sensitive to all types of pollution. The most common cause of building site pollution is from sediment entering our waterways. To prevent this, building sites require adequate sediment and erosion controls around the property. Maintaining suitable vehicular access and only disturbing the land that is being built on.
While less common, any sites that have been identified as having contaminated soil from previous uses or naturally occurring acid sulfate soils need to adhere to the conditions set out in their development consent to prevent leakage into the air and environment.
Intact asbestos sheeting causes no danger to the community but when disturbed during events like building works, the fibres can become airborne. Any sites that have known asbestos must remove and dispose of the sheets using licensed Asbestos Removal Contractors. Failure to do this correctly should be reported immediately to SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.
Building materials account for about half of all solid waste generated worldwide. All sites need a Waste Management Plan to help reduce the impact it has on our environment. Sites can save substantially on tipping fees by separating waste loads for recycling.
From time to time building sites will need materials delivered that cannot fit on the site or need to access the site across public land. Building sites must obtain a separate permit from Council to use public land for this purpose if it is safe to do so.
Some trees or older items may be removed as part of a development consent, but any that are to be retained are required to be protected to prevent accidental damage. This may include barricades and signage. To see items of heritage visit the NSW Environment and Heritage website .
Fencing demolition or construction sites makes good sense. It maintains public safety and keeps materials secure. Keep in mind that Council approval is required for any fences within the road reserve.