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Tree Removal Lane Cove Council Regulations
Updated: 14 December 2021
Can I remove a tree in Lane Cove without a permit?
Yes you can remove a tree in Lane Cove without a Council permit, but under certain conditions
Under what conditions?
The tree can be removed without council approval if;
- A tree having a height not exceeding 4 metres and a trunk diameter not greater than 150mm (measured at 1 metre above the ground.
- Pruning of dead branches. Council encourages that such pruning works are undertaken by a qualified Arborist necessary and in accordance with Australian Standards.
- Pruning of tree branches that are within 2 metres of electric power lines as required by State Legislation (undertaken by a qualified Arborist)
- Pruning or removal of fruit trees and flowering fruit trees.
- Pruning and reshaping of Cypress Pines, but not greater than 10 % of the whole canopy.
- Pruning or removal of Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia sp) with a height less than 6 metres.
- Pruning or removal of any tree of a tree species that has been declared a noxious plant in the Lane Cove local government area under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.
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
Tree of Heaven
Tree Preservation Regulatory Controls
The regulatory controls are found in a clause copy of Lane Cove Local Environmental Plan 2009 (NSW)
It is used in preserving vegetation and trees in the city.
The objective is to make sure that amenities are preserved through the protection and preservation of trees as well as other vegetation.
The clause is applicable to several species of trees that fall under the council’s development control plan.
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We do our best to keep accurate and up to date information on council policy regarding tree trimming and removal. Councils can change their policy without notice, and we may also make errors, so I recommend using the information on this page as a guide. Please refer to your local council TPO or speak with a local arborist before proceeding.
Lane Cove Street Trees
Street trees are an important part of Lane Cove and the council is very serious about making sure they are maintained and preserved. There are guidelines set for good management of street trees.
Requesting for a service;
The council sets procedures for the selection of street trees based on the species, site location, restrictions, planting area among others.
You can request for a service to either prune or remove a street tree if the reasons are appropriate.
However, Ausgrid is a contractor and the only one authorised to do work on street trees.
In case a street tree that is in the public area is branching up to 3 metres to power lines then Ausgrid should decide whether to prune or remove it.
Fines for illegal tree removal
Tree removal and pruning are managed by the Lane Cove Council Development Control Plan 2010.
Anyone who failures to adhere to the guidelines set will be prosecuted and fined. Fines can go to as high as $1, 100,000.
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.
Lane Cove Council contact details
Mailing Address: PO Box 20, Lane Cove NSW 1595
Lane Cove 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 about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.
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