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Tree Removal Prospect Council Regulations
Updated: 15 April 2020
Can I remove a tree in Randwick Council without a council permit?
Yes, but under certain conditions
Under what conditions?
The tree can be removed without council approval if;
You can remove trees or clear vegetation in the following circumstances:
- Height equal to or exceeding six metres;
- A canopy width equal to or exceeding four metres;
- For a single trunk tree species, a trunk circumference equal to or exceeding one metre at a height of one metre above ground level; or
- for a multi-trunk tree species, a combined trunk circumference (measured around the outer girth of the group of trunks) equal to or exceeding one (1) metre at a height of one (1) metre above ground level.
- If the tree is dying or dead or is a risk to human life or property and is not required as the habitat of native fauna – Assessing wildlife habitat;
- if the tree is growing within two (2) metres of any building (excluding an outbuilding) measured horizontally from the closest point of the trunk at one (1) metre from ground level to the closest point of the vertical alignment of the building structure which must be the eave, guttering or fixed awning of the building;
- tree works to give effect to a development consent that permits the pruning or removal of the subject 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.
Does Randwick council have an exempt tree list?
Yes, see table below
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Trees on Public Land
These are trees growing in public areas such as parks, reserves, streets and open spaces.
They are managed and maintained by the council.
Such maintenance activities include planting, watering, pruning when necessary, removing when dead or structurally unsound, or clearance when appropriate.
The council encourages residents to report any cases involving trees on public land.
In case you want action taken on trees on public land you should file an online request indicating your name, address and contacts, location of the trees, and reasons for removal or pruning.
Here is a link to the online request service.
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.
Trees on Rented Property
In case you need to remove or work on trees growing on a rented property you will need two main things.
You will need to get consent from the owner of the property and apply for a permit. The consent should accompany the application letter.
Trees Overhanging Public Area
The council monitors any trees that overgrow and overhang on public land. When it is council trees, then they will take the responsibility of pruning or removing.
In cases where it is private trees, the council will contact the owner and request them to either prune or in some cases remove in case the overhanging tree is obstructing a public area.
Tree Removal Permit Application Fee
For 1 tree – $76
Per any additional tree – $28.
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.
Can I review determination?
Yes. The council of Randwick offers a chance to review a determination on tree permits. All you have to do is make sure that you fill the form with all the necessary details.
You also have to defend your case for the review to be accepted. Here is a link to the form.
Randwick Council contact details
Mailing Address: 30 Frances Street Randwick NSW 2031
Randwick 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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