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

Under what conditions?

A tree may be removed without council permission if the tree;

  1. Any trees (including palms) whether indigenous, endemic or exotic which have a height of 3.5 metres or less; or a canopy spread of four (4) metres or less; or a trunk diameter of 400mm or greater, measured at 1.5 metres from the base of the tree.
  2. The tree is listed as an environmental or noxious weed in the Auburn LGA, as per Table 1;
  3. The tree is a fruit tree or tree grown for the purposes of fruit or is harbouring fruit fly, except Australian trees i.e. Lilly Pilly and Blueberry Ash.

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

Karoo Thorn
Box Elder
Green Cestrum
Camphor Laurel*
Cocos Palm
Coral Tree

Note: The Camphor Laurel (Cinnamomum Camphora) has a height restriction of 10m. This means any specimen that is greater than 10m in height is automatically protected and not be removed.

tree removal Holroyd Council tree cutting

Things to check when applying for a tree removal permit

If you want to get a permit to remove a tree, there are certain things you have to check. These are things that will determine the chances of you getting the permit. Remember that in some cases, the council can deny you a permit.

  • Your tree species. Remember that some tree species have tough restrictions and are protected.
  • Make sure that you measure the height, circumference of your tree’s trunk, and distance of the tree from any structure of the home. These are some details you may have to provide during the application.
  • Examine the tree to identify any signs showing it is declining in health. That may include dead branches around the canopy.
  • Make sure that you review the Tree Preservation Order in your area. This will make work easier for you since you can know which trees are in the order.
  • Ensure that your application form is filled out. No information should be missing as it will lead to rejection.

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.

Holroyd City Council contact details

Phone: 87579000

Mailing Address: PO Box 42, Merrylands NSW 2160


Holroyd City Tree Preservation order - TPO

The above is a summary of your local council’s 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.

We can match you with a top-voted tree removal service in Melbourne 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 the 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 neighbor’s side, just as long as you are working within the city’s Tree Preservation Order.

You may remove your neighbor’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, the 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.