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Tree Removal North Sydney Council Regulations
Updated: 3 September 2021
Can I remove a tree in North Sydney Council without a council permit?
Yes, but under certain conditions
Under what conditions?
Trees can be removed without council consent if they:
- Any vegetation is more than 5m tall on the site of a heritage item.
- Any other tree with a height of 10m, or a crown width of 10m, or a trunk circumference of 1.5m measured at 1m above ground level (existing).
- Trees that are declared to be dead or dying as confirmed by an appropriately qualified arborist.
- Pruning of deadwood from a tree.
- Noxious weeds as prescribed by the Noxious Weeds Act, 1993.
What about Tree Pruning?
The council considers pruning, removal, or any activity as tree work.
As a result, pruning falls under the same category as tree removal.
As a result, you will need a council permit to do any pruning. The above-discussed conditions also apply.
No Exempt trees.
Is it illegal to remove trees without permit?
When you remove trees that require permits without obtaining a permit then you are guilty of an offense.
The council takes such cases seriously and penalties apply for anyone found guilty.
Which trees are council trees?
Any trees that exist on the streets, parks and any other public land are considered as council trees.
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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.
Who removes trees on Council Land?
The council is in charge of the trees growing on public land and streets.
As a result, any maintenance required on such trees is carried by the council.
In case any tree needs to be removed, you can contact the council with details of where the trees are, and why it needs removal.
Trees that are removed by the council is in case they meet the following conditions.
- They are becoming a nuisance to the public
- Trees damaging private property
- Trees that pose danger to private property
- Trees that are interfering or touching power lines
- Infested trees
- Damaged trees that require removal
Here is how to get your trees removed for free
The following are some of the things you can do in case you want your tree removed for free.
- Contact your power company in case trees are interfering with power lines.
- Advertise to offer parts of the trees or whole of it to anyone who can remove it for free.
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.
North Sydney Council contact details
Mailing Address: PO Box 12 North Sydney NSW 2059
North Sydney 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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