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Tree Removal Sutherland Shire Council Regulations
Updated: 6 April 2020
Can I remove a tree in Sutherland Shire without a permit?
Yes, it is possible to remove a tree in Sutherland without a permit from the council, but only under certain conditions.
The below is a summary of the Tree Preservation Order (TPO) for the Yarra Council and their rules for tree removal.
Under what conditions?
A Tree Removal Permit is not required when;
- A single or multi-trunked tree with a diameter of 100mm or more measured at 500mm above ground level.
- Any bushland vegetation, including mangroves. Bushland vegetation for the purpose of this clause means vegetation which is either remnant of the natural vegetation of the land or, if altered, is representative of the structure and the floristics of the natural vegetation.
For the purposes of this sub-clause, bushland vegetation includes trees of any size, shrubs and all herbaceous species; and
- Any tree and/or riparian vegetation growing within 4 metres of a creek or watercourse.
No Exempt trees.
Application Cost for Tree Removal
If you are planning to apply for a tree removal permit, then you have to be ready to pay a small fee.
You will pay $164 for each application.
One application can give you room to remove a maximum of 3 trees.
If your application is lodged at Council Administration, you will get a 50% discount. Those looking for pruning permits are not charged.
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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.
Tree Inspection Procedure
Before you are granted a tree removal permit, an on-site tree inspection has to be carried out to collect facts on whether you deserve the permit or not.
As a result, Tree Management Officer will visit the site and inspect the tree/s.
This is a process that will take up a period of 30days. There are guidelines to be followed when making the assessment.
Documents that you provide are used to support the assessment.
The following is considered.
- If the tree is well in terms of structure and health
- Possible cause of damage to property
- If it has any cultural, historical, aesthetic or ecological values
- If it falls within the protected plants’ communities
- If the location is suitable based on property and buildings around
- If it’s affected by any legislative requirements
- In case it is a nuisance to private or public landowners.
If you are not satisfied by any verdict passed by the council concerning tree removal you can file for a review by applying in writing no more than 12 months after the original decision.
You should also include supporting materials such as an engineer or arborist’s report on why the decision should be reviewed.
Review charges apply which are $164 per review which can serve 3 trees.
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.
Sutherland Shire Council contact details
Mailing Address: Locked Bag 17 Sutherland NSW 1499
Sutherland Shire 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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