Yes, it is possible to remove a tree in the Hurstville Council area without a permit, but only under certain conditions.

Under what conditions?

The tree can be removed without council approval if;

  1. The tree is 3 metres or more in height.
  2. Has a circumference of 300mm or more, measured at a height of 450mm from the ground,
  3. Has a branch spread of three 3 metres or more
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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 Hurstville council have an exempt tree list?

Yes, see the table below

Common Name

Coral Tree
Silky Oak
Lombardy Poplar
Tree of Heaven
Cocos Palm

Tree Removal Application Processes

For Hurstville Council, tree removal application processes are not the same for all areas. These processes vary depending on where you live. As a result, they can be divided into three processes. Here they are;

  • Tree Management Process A – It is used by people in Hurstville, Peakhurst and Mortdale wards.
  • Tree Management Process B – It is used by people living in Hurstville City Centre.
  • Tree Management Process C – It is meant for people within Kogarah Bay and Blakehurst Wards.

Before you make an application for a tree removal permit, make sure that you check which ward you live in and the appropriate process to follow.

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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.

Conditions for your application to be approved

The following conditions must be met for your application to be approved.

  • The application must be signed by the owner of the property or an authorised agent.
  • The council will not give a permit for tree removal without the owner’s permission.
  • An officer from the council in charge of tree management must inspect the tree and the site and carry out the necessary assessment. Once the permit is given, it will be sent in written form to the owner with details of what work approved.

Conditions once the tree removal permit is given

  • Your permit will be valid for only 12months from the approval date.
  • In case you are doing pruning, you have to adhere to Australian Standard AS 4373 -07 Pruning of Trees.
  • Replacement of trees will be required in appropriate areas.

Penalties for illegal removal of trees

When you happen to breach any of the policies set by the council relating to trees which include the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 (NSW) or State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017, you will have to pay fines.

From the local court, you will pay a penalty that is not exceeding $110,000.

For the Land and Environment Court of NSW, you fine will be any sum not exceeding $1.1 million.

Hurstville City Council contact details

Phone: 93306400

Mailing Address: PO Box 205, Hurstville BC NSW 1481


Hurstville 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.