Yes, but under certain conditions.
Under what conditions?
A tree can be removed without council approval if;
- The tree has a trunk circumference of 2.0m or less measured at a point 1.0m above natural ground level
- Trees with multiple trunks, it is those with trunks with a total circumference of 2.0m or more and an average circumference of 625mm or more measured at a point 1.0m above natural ground level.
A number of tree species are exempt from regulated tree controls. Please see the tree exemption list below.
In addition the above, there is no need to see council approval if:
- A tree that is dead
- The tree is within 20 meters of a dwelling in Medium or High Bushfire Protection Areas.
- The trees is located within 10 meters of an existing dwelling or existing in ground swimming pool, unless it is one of the two following species of trees:
a) Agonis flexuosa (Willow Myrtle)
b) Eucalyptus (any tree of the species)
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 my council have an exempt tree list?
Yes, see table below
Tree of Heaven
European Nettle Tree
Chinese Nettle Tree
Moreton bay fig
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Radiata Pine / Monterey Pine
Golden Weeping Willow
Citrus × sinensis
Fraxinus angustifolia ssp.
Platanus x acerifolia
Salix X rubens
Development and trees
When you want to do development work and you will affect trees you are required to obtain a permit.
However, in cases where you will be doing a maintenance pruning a permit is not required.
The following activities on non-exempt trees will require a permit.
- Tree removal
- Destruction or killing of trees
- Limb or branch lopping
- Topping or ringbarking.
Management of Council Trees
It does not matter whether the trees are growing in front of your property or not. All work involving council trees is done by the council.
Pruning and any other management work is done under Tree Management Policy.
Penalty for work without permit
Working on trees without the required permit is considered an offence by Tea Tree Gully council.
Anyone found guilty will pay fines amounting up to $120,000.
What is the average cost of Tree Removal in Tea Tree Gully?
Tree removal cost mostly varies depending on the size of the tree, location, and even time of removal.
When removing on an off-season you will pay less as compared to the high-seasons.
You should expect to pay between $225 and $3,900 per tree.
However, the average cost as per 2019 was $871.
How to apply for a tree removal permit
Tea Tree Gully City Council contact details
Tea Tree Gully Council Tree Preservation order - TPO
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- Fairview Park
- Gilles Plains
- Golden Grove
- Gould Creek
- Gulfview Heights
- Holden Hill
- Hope Valley
- Modbury Heights
- Modbury North
- Para Hills
- Redwood Park