Can I remove a tree in Fairfield Council without a council permit?

Yes, but under certain conditions

Under what conditions?

Trees can be removed without council consent if they:

  • Have a height of less than 4 metres, the spread of less than 3 metres, a trunk
  • A Diameter less than 75mm measured 1 metre above the ground level
  • They are clearly identifiable as a hedge unless heritage listed.
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Exempt Trees

No exempt trees.

Tree Permit Fees

When applying for a tree work permit in Fairfield, you should be ready to pay certain fees that are associated with the permit. They include;

  • Inspection fee of $72
  • Pensioner Inspection fee of $37

Who prunes or removes trees around Power lines

The council of Fairfield takes a lot of caution when it comes to tree removal and pruning around power lines.

As a result, it is the responsibility of energy companies to prune or remove trees around their power lines.

In case you want tree work done around the power line you can contact your energy company to inspect and do the work.

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Guidelines on a neighbour’s trees

The council provides guidelines on how to go about dealing with a neighbour’s trees.

In case you want a tree that is not on yours to be pruned or removed, then you should take the following actions.

Contact the owner of the tree and discuss your concerns.

  • In case the tree has to be removed or pruned, a permit from the council will be required.
  • The owner of the trees must sign the application giving consent for the tree works associated.
  • In case the owner of the tree does not cooperate then no further work can be done as long as the tree is healthy.

However, in case you have any disputes with your neighbour about a tree, you should seek the help of a Land and Environment Court to handle the dispute.

What about tree pruning?

Tree pruning is considered a serious tree work and a permit. The same rules on tree removal apply even in tree pruning.

In addition, the council provides guidelines on how pruning should be done.

Follow the following link for more 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.

Fairfield City Council contact details

Phone: 0297250222

Mailing Address: PO Box 21, Fairfield NSW 1860


Fairfield City Tree Preservation order - TPO

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


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.

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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.