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Tree Removal Maitland Council Regulations
Updated: 14 December 2021
Can I remove a tree in Maitland Council without a council permit?
Yes, but under certain conditions.
Under what conditions?
Development approval is required for the removal of trees which are;
- Over three metres in height, or which have a branch spread of three metres or more,
- And a trunk diameter of 100mm or more measured at 1.0m.
Exempt trees include;
- Dead trees
- Trees that are dangerous as identified by a qualified arborist
- Fallen trees
- 10/50 fire clearance in certain areas
Can I prune or remove trees on public land?
The council gives room for people to work on trees on council land.
However, various guidelines apply in such cases. You have to make an application to the council and wait for a response.
When making the application you have to answer several questions and provide necessary details.
Here is a link to Pruning or Removal of Trees on Council Land application form.
You are also required to follow the guidelines on the management of trees on public land as required by the council on the Management of Trees on Public Land Policy.
Follow the link below.
In cases where you have neighbour’s trees interfering with your property or boundaries, you can gain consent from the owner to work on them.
Then the application will be assessed by the council. In cases where there is a dispute, the Disputes Between Neighbours Act 2006 will be used.
What about fence height guidelines?
The council allows a fence of height not more than 1800mm on the side and rear boundaries of your structure provided it does not extend into your building line.
However, side fences in front of the building line can be of 1200mm maximum.
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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.
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.
Maitland City Council Tree Preservation order - TPO
The above is a summary of your local Councils tree preservation order. Please follow the link for the full document.
Maitland Council contact details
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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