Yes, you can remove trees in Waverley Council suburbs, but under certain conditions

Under what conditions?

A tree removal permit is not required when;

  1. A height of five metres or over and trunk width of 300mm or over at ground level; or;
  2. A canopy spread of five metres or more and trunk width of 300mm or over at ground level; or; or
  3. 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).

Exempt trees

No Exempt trees.

Application charges

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.
tree removal waverley council tree workers removing 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.

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

Phone: 0290838000

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.

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 them about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.