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Getting a tree removed from your home in Northcote 3070 is not always a straight forward process. There are council regulations to deal with, a mine field of companies that are either too expensive or have no idea what they are doing.
In this article, I am going to look at why some companies charge more than others, and how to secure a better price on tree removal Northcote by quality tree service company to do your job at rock bottom prices.
Let’s get into it.
Why some tree loppers charge 300% more than others
Every company has a different philosophy on how they what to run a profitable business. Some spend a tonne on advertising, do lots of quotes charging high prices and see what sticks.
Others are not looking to light the world on fire, but just do an honest job at fair prices.
The trick is to know who to get to quote your job.
Stay smart, save money
There are lots of little thing to be aware of that will save you a small fortune for tree removal Northcote, such as;
1. Time of year - Winter is always cheaper as companies have less work on.
2. Access - Granting good access for hard to get to trees, such as removing a side fence will save the company time and you a tonne of money.
3. Firewood - Getting them to leave the timber logs and selling them online.
But the very best way to save money is to know who is cheap NOW!
You see all companies have lean and busy periods of work which actually affects how they price jobs.
A company will always charge less when they don’t have much work on as they want to win the job.
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Tree Removal Regulations Darebin Council
Before you start getting quotes, you need to find out whether it is legal to remove your tree according to local council laws.
Darebin council has a tree preservation order (TPO) https://goo.gl/b8jeuR which outlines conditions that need to be met before it is legal to remove or prune your tree.
We have also summarized them below.
Do I need council approval for tree lopping Northcote?
Darebin council do allow for tree lopping in Northcote the removal of a tree without council consent if the tree is:
A permit is required to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation specified in a
schedule to this overlay.
This does not apply:
• If the vegetation has been planted for pasture, timber production or any other
• To any action which is necessary to keep the whole or any part of any
vegetation clear of an electric line provided the action is carried out in
accordance with a code of practice prepared under Part 8 of the Electricity
Safety Act 1998.
• Within electricity supply easements in order to minimise the risk of bushfire ignition
in the proximity of electricity lines.
• If the vegetation presents an immediate risk of personal injury or damage to
• If the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation is necessary for
emergency access or emergency works by a public authority or municipal
• For fire fighting measures, periodic fuel reduction burning, or the making of
firebreaks up to 6 metres wide.
• If the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation is necessary for the
making of a fuelbreak by or on behalf of a public authority in accordance with
a strategic fuelbreak plan approved by the Secretary of the Department of
Sustainability and Environment.
• The maximum width of a fuelbreak must not exceed 40 metres.
• To the removal of ground fuel within 30 metres of a building.
• If the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation is in accordance with a fire
prevention notice under:
o Section 65 of the Forests Act 1958.
o Section 41 of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958.
o Section 8 of the Local Government Act 1989.
• To the removal, destruction or lopping of the minimum extent of vegetation
necessary for establishing sight-lines for the measurement of land by
surveyors in the exercise of their profession, and if using hand held tools.
• If the vegetation is proclaimed as a noxious weed or is bracken (Pteridium
esculentum), burgan (Kunzea ericoides (previously Leptospermum
phylicoides)) or manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) and is on land which
Where is the VPO?
This is something we found difficult to determine. The best links we can provide you of the locations of the Vegetation Protection Overlay or area these;
Location 1: unable to determine
Location 2: Former Kingsbury Centre cite
Location 3: Mout Cooper Estate
Location 4: The Springthorpe hope estate
Location 5: Lancaster Gate site
Trees exempt from above rules
Some local councils have a list of tree species that are exempt from any limitations on removal as they are considered a pest. If your council has and exemption list is can be found in the TPO for Darebin.
We have also listed them below if applicable.
If your council does not nominate a list of trees, then most of the time they use the default list of noxious weeds outlined at the state level of government.
Trees exempt that can be removed without approval:
How do I apply for council approval?
You can download an application form here:
Normally there will be a small fee you will need to pay upon application.
Within 7 - 14 days you will have an arborist from council come out to inspect your tree. They will then give their recommendation on whether the tree should stay or be removed.
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How to win council approval. (Tips & Tricks)
Depending on your council, it can be tough to get approved to remove a tree. If it’s a healthy specimen and not causing any damage to your home, then it makes it even harder.
When applying for removal you need to give a reason. Saying something like “it keeps filling the gutters with leaves” is not convincing enough argument and your application will most likely be denied.
There are however some tips and tricks to applying for council approval and winning.
In some cases your council will ask for an independent arborist report if they are undecided. This can give you the upper hand as it allows you to select which arborist you choose to assess your tree.
Darebin council contact details
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What does tree lopping Northcote cost?
There are many factors that make up cost of tree removal. Not only the height and spread of the tree, but also its location on the property, access, surrounding buildings or fences, type of tree/ timber etc.
To get a price on what tree removal might cost you, you can view out tree removal cost guide or you can use our quick tree lopping cost calculator below.
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