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Tree Removal Waverley Council Regulations
Updated: 15 December 2021
Can I remove a tree in Waverley Council without a council permit?
Yes, you can remove trees in Waverley Council suburbs, but under certain conditions
Under what conditions?
A tree removal permit is not required when;
- A height of five metres or over and trunk width of 300mm or over at ground level; or;
- A canopy spread of five metres or more and trunk width of 300mm or over at ground level; or; or
- A listing on Waverley Council’s Significant Tree Register; or is listed as a Heritage Item or forms part of a Heritage Item (see list).
No Exempt trees.
When applying for a tree removal permit you will pay $77 which is an inspection fee for on tree.
An extra $31 is paid for any additional tree.
For health benefit cardholders and concessional, a 75% concession rate is applicable.
What does tree inspection and assessment entail?
Here are some of the things council’s arborists will look at.
- Amenity, cultural or environmental value of the tree
- Health effects on the tree upon pruning
- The distance of the tree from a significant structure, building or residence
- Whether the tree has any sign of poor shape or vigour
- Whether the tree is in a manner to cause damage to amenities, buildings and the other surrounding environment
- Any other vegetation nearby and the possibility of replacement.
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.
Review of application determination
The Waverley council offers a chance for anyone who is not satisfied with the council’s decision to apply for a review.
However, you have to make sure that you come up with supporting details to help in reviewing your case.
One of the requirements is to provide a report from a professional arborist showing why your application should be reviewed.
The review application must be done within 6 months of the initial decision
A lodgement fee of $70 is also charged on review applications.
Here is a link to a review application form.
Waverley Council contact details
Mailing Address: PO Box 9, Bondi Junction 1355 or DX 12006 Bondi Junction
Waverley 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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