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Tree Removal Woollahra Council Regulations
Updated: 18 April 2020
Can I remove a tree in Woollahra Council without a council permit?
Yes, but under certain conditions
Under what conditions?
You may remove trees that;
- Have height less than 5m
- Have a canopy spread less than 3m
- Dead trees
- Emergency and safety-related tree work
- Listed undesirable tree species, and (see: https://tinyurl.com/y96l6zcr)
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 are 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.
- 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 to 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.
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 carriageway 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
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 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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