Yes, but under certain conditions.

Under what conditions?

Tree removal for the following purposes does not require Council approval:

  1. Removal of dead tree(s) or branches.
  2. Any trees with a height of less than 3 meters or crown spread of 3 metres or less
  3. Removal of noxious or undesirable trees or shrubs (see exempt tree list below).
  4. Any tree which has a trunk less than 3 metres from the outermost projection of a building.
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Exempt Trees

No exempt trees.

What about pruning?

Pruning and any type of lopping all fall under the same rule as tree removal. As a result, you will also need a permit to do the pruning. The above-discussed conditions apply.

How does the Council offer a consent for tree removal?

When you make an application for a tree removal permit, the council will study the case before offering you a permit.

The council will assess the implications of your activities to the environment as well as other people.

In some cases, the council will require a report from a professional approved Arborist before giving a permit.

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Tree Loppers and Arborists in Cessnock Council

There are many companies offering tree lopping and arborist services in the Cessnock council in 2020.

Follow this link to know about them and their contact details.

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.

Requirements to get a tree removal permit

When you are applying for a tree removal permit there are several conditions you have to meet.

  • The first thing you have to make sure that the property is yours. Only owners are allowed to make applications.
  • Provide details of why you would like to do the removal or any other damage to the vegetation.
  • If you are not the owner, then you have to be an authorized agent.

Can the Cessnock Council Remove Public Trees?

Yes. Under certain conditions.

Tress on public land or on the streets are regulated and managed by the council. The council will remove such trees under the following conditions.

If the trees are posing a risk to the public, private property or infrastructure such as power lines.

In case there is a major development required and approved.

If the trees have caused damage to private property.

Cessnock City Council Tree Preservation order - TPO

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

Cessnock Council contact details

Phone: (02) 4993 4100

Mailing Address: 62-78 Vincent Street, Cessnock, NSW, Australia




There are a few ways to go about it. You should always go for a qualified arborist with plenty of experience. Make sure they have more than 20 reviews online and have a minimum score of 4.5 stars or great.

We can match you with a top-voted tree removal service in Newcastle here. Just enter your postcode and a few details about your tree job and get 3 obligation-free quotes from the local top voted contractors.

The cost to remove a tree will depend on a few different factors. Things like the size of the tree, number of branches, the species and location on your property will all play a role.

The average cost of tree removal is $871. But the real range is $225 – $4,500. Make sure you get at least 3 quotes before deciding on one company.

Tree removal and pruning is difficult to quote just by a description over the phone. Same goes for sending pics of the tree. This is because it is hard to gauge the actual size of a tree from images as well as look at access for machinery. An on-site inspection is needed to make sure you are given a fair price.

You may prune any branches that are hanging over your yard from your neighbour’s side, just as long as you are working within the cities Tree Preservation Order.

You may remove your neighbour’s branches, but if it violates council tree pruning laws, you will get a fine. You are best speaking to a local arborist first before proceeding.

Tree trimming will vary depending on the tree, number of branches and access. The average price of tree trimming is $429, but that the true price range is $75 – $1,800.

You can check out our Tree Trimming Cost Guide here to get a better idea of tree trimming cost by tree size. Or you can use this Free Service and compare local top rated tree service actual quotes.

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.