Validation Checklist and other supporting information and documents:

Applications should be submitted electronically through the Planning Portal - Apply online (all drawings and supporting documents submitted electronically must be in PDF format where possible, and specify the scale in relation to paper size, e.g. 1:100 at A3).

Applications can also be posted to the relevant Council or hand-delivered to the relevant Council office.

The time period from application to decision begins the day after a valid application has been received.

If the application has been submitted electronically it will be treated as having been delivered at 9am on the next working day after the day on which it is transmitted.

The day a valid application is received is counted as day 0. 

When an application is registered it will be linked to the planning pages of our website.  All of the information provided on the application form and in all of the associated plans, drawings and supporting information should be in the public domain and will, therefore, be published on our website.  Only supporting documents that are clearly marked as 'confidential' will not be placed on our website or in a folder that the public may view.

Note: we reserve the right to amend the description of the proposal. If an applicant or agent does not agree with a revised description, they should contact the case officer within seven days of the date on our acknowledgement letter.

Further information to assist you with your application:

Sketch Plan showing the location of all tree(s) - Your sketch plan should be clear and simple, showing the tree positions and number and/or name, in relation to buildings, roads and site boundaries and should also include an arrow showing the direction of North.

Example Sketch Plan

sketch plan for tree works applications

Identification of trees and description of works.-

You should identify each tree species and make sure the numbering matches that used on the sketch plan and provide a full and clear specification of the work you want to carry out. A proposal simply to 'cut back' or 'prune' a tree is too vague, because it fails to identify the extent of the works. Instead, try to use descriptions such as:

  • crown thinning, e.g. crown thinning by up to 20%
  • crown height reduction, e.g. crown height reduction by up to 2 metres
  • lateral crown reduction, e.g. lateral crown reduction by up to 2 metres on West side
  • crown lifting, e.g. crown raise up to 3 metres from ground level
  • removal of specific limbs, e.g. removal of broken limb on East side at approx. 3 metres from ground level

Providing current photographs of the trees to be worked on indicating which branches are to be removed, or the height you wish to reduce the crown by will also be useful to support your trees location plan and description of intended works. However, they will not be accepted instead of a trees location plan and description of intended works.