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 one tree.
An extra $31 is paid for any additional tree.
A 75% concession rate is applicable for health benefit cardholders and concessional.
What does tree inspection and assessment entail?
Here are some of the things council’s arborists will look at.
- Amenity, the 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.
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 unsatisfied with the council’s decision to apply for a review.
However, you have to ensure that you come up with supporting details to help review 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 made 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