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Tree Removal Marrickville Council Regulations
Updated: 12 April 2020
Can I remove a tree in Marrickville Council without a council permit?
Yes, but under certain conditions
Under what conditions?
The tree can be removed without council approval if;
- Any tree with a height equal to or smaller than 5 metres above ground level;
- Any tree that is under 5 metres in height above ground level that has a trunk diameter of more than 300mm at ground level;
- Any tree with a crown spread equal to or smaller than 3 metres;
- Any palm tree with a stem length equal to or smaller than 4 metres above ground level;
What about Pruning?
Pruning is treated the same way as removal since it falls under the tree works category.
You have to follow the guidelines listed above even if it is pruning.
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
Leyland cypress, all cultivars
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
What is Tree DCP policy?
It is also referred to as the Tree Development Control Plan policy which is meant to make it easy to deal with inappropriate or dangerous trees by replacing them.
Here are some new guidelines as per Tree DCP.
- Any trees growing within a distance of 2 metres to a garage or any primary dwelling can be replaced. That is by obtaining a permit that comes with a requirement for the replacement and tree to be planted.
- Allows movement of the majority of the tree applications from any Development Application into a less expensive and simpler permit system.
- Introduction of a review mechanism that will give residents a chance other than appealing decisions through Land and Environment Court. It will be headed by the CEO of the Council’s determinations.
Development Tree Removal Permit
When you are doing development, you are required to obtain a permit if you are to remove trees following under the following categories.
- In case the trees fall under the heritage trees list. Here is a link to the list.
- If the trees are within an Aboriginal object or place.
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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.
Marrickville Council contact details
Mailing Address: PO Box 14, Petersham NSW 2049
Marrickville 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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