Yes, but under certain conditions

Under what conditions?

You may remove trees that;

  • Have a height of less than 5m
  • Have a canopy spread less than 3m
  • Dead trees
  • Emergency and safety-related tree work
  • Listed undesirable tree species, and (see:
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Exempt trees

No Exempt trees.

Tree work approvals

The Woollahra Council has two main types of tree works approvals.

You can get any of them based on what you are looking for. They include;

1. Development Application (DA) consent

A DA is required in one of the following cases.

  • If the tree work in question is part of a development or building work going on.
  • In case the tree removal process is proposed for those trees identified as an Environmental Heritage Item and is within schedule 5 of Woollahra LEP. Or the tree is listed under a Significant tree.

2. Removal permit

This is a type of approval that is mostly given for removal and pruning works.

The majority of approvals fall under this category.

They include;

  • Other works done on trees which do not require a DA.
  • Minor works on trees that are identified as either Environmental Heritage Item, On land in a Heritage Conservation Area, or On land identified as an Environmental Heritage Item

Tree Application Assessment Process

During the application assessment, the following factors will be considered.

  • Tree’s significance
  • Effect on streetscape
  • Effect on biodiversity
  • Personal injury risk posed by the tree
  • Tree’s risk of damaging structures, buildings, and services
  • Heritage or cultural significance
  • Does it form part of remnant indigenous vegetation?
  • Trees’ extent on other property
  • Tree’s stability, structural state, and health.
tree removal woollahra council crane carrying a tree

Can I apply for a review of determination?

Yes, there is room for a review of the determination.

You have to lodge your application for review within 12 months after the original decision. You will have also to pay 50% of the original fee.

Here is a link to review the application.

Can the council ask me to remove my trees?


But, under certain conditions.

In cases where your trees are overhanging public areas such as carriageways and walkways and causing any obstruction, you will be contacted and asked to either remove or prune.

How to apply for a tree removal permit

Go to this online form and fill it out to make a formal request for tree removal approval.

Woollahra Council contact details

Phone: 0293917000

Mailing Address: PO Box 61 Double Bay NSW 1360 DX 3607 Double Bay


Woollahra Tree Preservation order - TPO

The above is a summary of your local council’s 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.