Canada Bay Council

Professional Arborist in Canada Bay

Sydney Tree Solutions provides tree services such as Tree Removal, Tree Pruning, Stump Grinding and Professional Arborist services in the City of Canada Bay Council municipality that includes all or some of the following suburbs:

Abbotsford Liberty Grove
Breakfast Point Mortlake
Canada Bay North Strathfield
Chiswick Rhodes
Concord Rodd Point
Concord West Russell Lea
Drummoyne Wareemba
Five Dock  

The following is a summary of the City of Canada Bay Council Tree Preservation Order, which is now covered by the Canada Bay Council Development Control Plan (DCP) and the Canada Bay Council Private Tree Management Manual,  to identify works that can be done without council approval and exempt tree species. This overview is only a guide. Please reference the complete Canada Bay Council Tree Management Manual or the Pruning and Removal of Trees Fact Sheet for more detailed information on council regulations and exemptions. Care should also be taken to check the property zoning and that the tree is not protected for Ecological or Heritage reasons (i.e Heritage conservation zones and Endangered Species or Habitats).


Canada Bay Council Tree Preservation Order allows for the following tree removal or tree pruning works WITHOUT council permission. For all works outside of this scope, council approval in writing is required unless the works fall under the 10/50 bush fire clearance legislation.

  • Any tree under 4m in height and less than 500mm trunk diameter (not a cycad or mangrove at any height) Note: Does not apply if Heritage Conservation Zone.
  • The tree is dead and provides not habitat for native fauna, evidence from arborist required to be retained for 6 months.
  • A fruit tree grown for the purpose of fruit except Lilly Pilly and Blueberry Ash
  • Tree poses an imminent safety risk – Still requires owner to contact council to inspect or provide approval but not application required.
  • Removal of any tree species listed as an exempt species in Appendix A of Canada Bay Council Private Tree Management Manual (see table below) Note: Does not apply if Heritage Conservation Zone.


Alnus jorullensis Evergreen Alder None
Bambusa spp. Bamboo (all species) None
Celtis occidentalis Hackberry, Sugarberry None
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel Only within 3m of Residence
Erythrina crista-galli Coral Tree None
Erythrina x sykesii Indian Coral None
Ficus elastica Rubber Tree None
Ligustrum spp. Privet None
Liquidambar Liquidambar, Sweet Gum Only within 3m of Residence
Nerium oleander Oleander None
Olea africana African Olive None
Populus spp. Poplar (all species) None
Salix spp. Willow None
Schefflera spp. Umbrella trees None
Syagrus romanzoffianum Cocos palm None
Toxicodendron spp. Rhus Tree None


Council Approvals

Council approval in writing must be obtained prior to any works being carried out. Breaching a tree preservation order can result in very heavy fines.

The application forms for obtaining City of Canada Bay Council permission for tree pruning and tree removal can be downloaded below. The owner of the property on which the tree resides, or an agent acting on behalf of the owner, will need to apply.