Yes, it is possible to remove a tree in Ashfield without a council permit, but only under certain conditions.

The below is a summary of the Ashfield councils Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on the removal of trees locally.

Under what conditions?

Removal of any tree is allowed to be carried out without a permit if;

  1. Dead dying or diseased trees
  2. Fruit trees
  3. Electrical line clearance
  4. Weeds (See nation weed list)
  5. Dangerous trees
  6. Hedges
  7. Building clearance
  8. Tress that are smaller than 4m in height
tree removal ashfield council falling tree

Exempt trees

There are trees that can be removed no matter what their size or condition as they are considered a pest by your local council. The above-listed conditions do not apply.

See table below

Does my council have an exempt tree list?

Yes, see the table below

Common Name

Evergreen Alder
Box Elder
Leyland Cypress
Cocos Palm
African olive
Coral Tree
Nettle Berry
Camphor laurel
Eucalyptus nicholii
Cocos Palm

What happens when you remove trees without permit?

The council is very serious about tree removal regulations.

As a result, removing trees requiring a permit without obtaining the permit is an offence.

You will be prosecuted and required to pay high amounts of fine. You may also be required to replace the removed trees.

tree removal ashfield council man on a tree

How to remove a tree in Ashfield for free?

If you want a tree removed for free there are a few methods, you can use.

  • If the tree is on public land, then you can get the council to remove it for you. This is especially for trees on the streets. If a tree is becoming a disturbance and it is owned by the council. Posing a danger to power lines or property, you can report to the council and they will remove it.
  • If you have trees on private land and you want to remove for free, you can talk to your power lines company in case the tree is interfering with power lines.
  • For private tree owners, you can also advertise that you are offering free wood for anyone who can remove the tree/s. You can do the advert through billboards, post ads and you will get someone coming to do the removal.

How to apply for a tree removal permit

Go to the above online form and fill it out to make a formal request for tree removal approval.

Ashfield Council contact details

Phone: 61293925000

Mailing Address: 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield NSW 2131, Australia


Ashfield Tree Preservation order - TPO

The above is a summary for your local Councils tree preservation order. Please follow the link for the full document.

Author: Ben McInerney is a qualified arborist with over 15 years of industry experience. He uses his in-depth knowledge of the tree service industry to give readers to most accurate information on tree service costs and helps to educate them about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.