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

Yes, but under certain conditions

Under what conditions?

The tree can be removed without council approval if;

  • Tree height less than 3.5 metres; or
  • Tree canopy spread greater than 4.0 metres; or
  • Trees primary trunk diameter greater than 400 millimetres when measured 1.0 metre above existing ground level of the tree.
  • The removal of domestic fruit trees grown specifically for their edible fruit;
  • The removal of any tree on private property where the main supporting trunk or stem is within three metres of an approved dwelling, garage or in-ground swimming pool;
  • The removal or pruning of trees permitted to be removed or pruned under the Rural Fire Service 10/50 Code of Practice for NSW.
tree removal Liverpool Council expert man on a tree

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 table below

Common Name

Cootamundra wattle
Coral Tree
Golden Cypress
Large Leafed Privot
Cocos Palm
Small Leaved Privet
African olive
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Camphor Laurel
Honey Locust

Settling Neighbour Disputes

The council recommends that the first approach to a tree dispute between neighbours is to talk through it and find a solution.

However, in cases where you cannot agree, you should seek assistance from the Land and Environment Court to help you settle the dispute.

tree removal Liverpool Council man on a tree

Dealing with trees on Council’s property

Trees that are on reserves, parks, and street footpaths belong to the council. Such trees are managed by the council when seen fit to do so.

As a result, the council allows you to make a request for pruning or removal of such trees by sending them an email.

Reasons for the management work should be included and the location of the trees.

Tree work application fees

Expect to pay a $42 administration fee when the application will be lodged.

You will also pay a $16.40 assessment fee for any tree that requires removal.

All the funds collected are used in funding tree projects within the city.

No refunds in case the application is refused.

For applicants with health care cards or pensioner’s cards when lodging their applications, the administration fee will be waived.

Follow the below link to know how much you should expect to pay for various numbers of trees.

Illegal destruction or removal of tree

According to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, you should expect to pay a penalty of up to $1.1 million in case you are found guilty of breaching the Act.

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.

Liverpool City Council contact details

Phone: 1300362170

Mailing Address: Locked Bag 7064, Liverpool BC, NSW 1871


Liverpool 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.

We can match you with a top-voted tree removal service in Sydney 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.