Yes, but under certain conditions
Under what conditions?
Tree maybe be removed without council permit if;
Under 5 metres in height.
- That the tree(s) is declared a ‘high risk’ or is an imminent danger to life and property
- Dead trees
- The pruning or removal of hedges “Hedge” means groups of two or more trees that:
– are planted (whether in the ground or otherwise) so as to form a hedge, and
– rise to a height of at least 2.5 metres (above existing ground level).
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
All Ficus spp. (except F macrophylla. F.rubiginosa, F. coronata
Araucaria bidwillii Not Norfolk Island Pines
Cupressus spp. Cupressocyparis spp. Chamaecyparis spp.
Eriobotrya japonica, Carica papaya, Citrus spp. Fortunella spp. Malus spp.
Morus spp. Persea spp. Prunus spp.
Palms other than Livistona australis
Pittosporum spp.(up to 8m)
Syagrus (Arecastrum) romanzoffiana
Golden Wreath (or Willow) Wattle
Tree of Heaven
All Ficus spp. (except Moreton Bay Fig. Port Jackson Fig, SandpaperFig
Bunya Bunya Pine
Illawarra Flame Tree
Black Bean, Moreton Bay Chestnut
All non-native fruit producing trees (Loquat, Paw Paw, Citrus, Kumquat, Apple, Mulberry, Avocado, Apricot, Almond, Cherry, Plum, Peach, Mango
Wallangarra White Gum
Himalayan Ash / Griffiths Ash
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Large and Small leaf Privet
Palms other than Cabbage Tree Palm
Orange Fire Thorn
African Tulip Tree
Does my council have an exempt tree list?
Illegal Damaging of Trees
Any type of illegal damaging of trees such as poisoning, cutting, ringbarking, pruning or removal of trees is considered a very serious offence.
As a result, the Land Environment Court will fine you up to $1.1 million. In case the offence continues, the daily fee will apply.
In some cases, the court may require you to plant new trees or vegetation and take care of it until maturity.
Reporting Illegal Vandalism of Public Trees
The Council encourages people to report any illegal vandalism of public trees which include removal, cutting, poisoning, pruning or ringbarking.
The council also promises up to $10,000 reward for any information that can lead to the successful prosecution of an offender.
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.
Manly Council contact details
Mailing Address: PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655