Ku-ring-gai Council like all other councils in Sydney has certain rules when it comes to tree removal and pruning. There are lots of trees that can be removed without approval and pruning laws are quite flexible and generous.
Below outlines when you won’t need approval for pruning and compelete removal of trees.
Tree maybe be removed without council approval if;
- Trimming of braches directly over roof lines, detached garages, carports or ancillary buildings.
Note: Pruning must be consistent with the Australian Standard for Pruning of Amenity Trees (AS4373-2007)
- Trees within 3m of an existing dwelling on the same property and when measured from trunk edge at breast height to external dwelling wall. This does not include detached garages, carports, verandahs or ancillary buildings.
- Removal of branches within 0.5m of electrical wires to the property. Branches only not tree trunks.
- Pruning of branches with 50mm diameter or less.
- Removal of dead wood
- Dead trees or high-risk trees that pose an immediate threat. Councils state these are exempt from needing approval, but they still want to give the ok? It’s a bit confusing, but call the council and ask to speak to the resident arborist to confirm before removal.
Note: If your home and tree are included in this Native Vegetation Biodiversity Values Map, or Threatened Ecological Communities map they are NOT exempt and will need council approval before removing.
I suggest you keep some photographic evidence before removing any tree in Sydney, just in case the council decides to follow up.
Fines for the removal of protected trees without approval can be steep.
Exempt tree list
Ku-ring-gai Council has also outlined a list of trees that it considers a local pest. As such you will not require a permit to remove the below trees no matter their size, age or location. They are not protected.
Queensland Silver wattle
Tree of Heaven
Common Coral Tree
Indian Coral Tree
Broad-leaf Pepper Tree
Erythrina x sykesii
Populous nigra italica
Robinia pseudoacacia “Frisia”
* Liquidambar (with a height less than 12m)
Tree removal permit application
Applying for a permit to remove a tree Ku-ring-gai council area is fairly straightforward. Download and fill out the below form and email it to email@example.com or post it to the address below.
Download: Application form for tree removal
You will need a pay an application fee when submitting the form and this fee is not refundable if your bid for removal is not successful. Prices vary for tree removal applications ($88.00) and Tree pruning ($44). There are pensioner discounts available.
Tree Management policy
If you are still not clear on the above summary, please feel free to read the tree management policy for Ku-ring-gai Council in full. You can download it by clicking the below link that best suits your needs.