City of Sydney Council

Professional Arborist in City of Sydney

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

Alexandria Erskineville Redfern
Annandale Eveleigh Rosebery
Barangaroo Forest Lodge Rushcutters Bay
Beaconsfield Glebe Surry Hills
Camperdown Haymarket Sydney CBD
Centennial Park Millers Point The Rocks
Chippendale Moore Park Ultimo
Darlinghurst Newtown Waterloo
Darlington Paddington Woolloomooloo
Dawes Point Potts Point Zetland
Elizabeth Bay Pyrmont Redfern

The following is a summary of the City of Sydney Council Tree Preservation Order, which is now covered by the City of Sydney Council Development Control Plan (DCP) 2012,  to identify works that can be done without council approval and exempt tree species. This overview is only a guide. Please reference the complete City of Sydney Council DCP 2012 – Tree Management Controls 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).

City of Sydney Council Tree Preservation Order allows for the following removal or pruning works WITHOUT council permission (excluding Heritage or Significant Trees). For all works outside of this scope, council approval in writing is required.

  • Any tree under 5m in height, a canopy spread under 5m and a trunk diameter less than 300mm at ground level
  • Removal of Trees that are dead, dying or a risk to human life. To satisfy Council the applicant is to provide a report from a qualified arborist (Minimum AQF Level 3 Arboriculture) to be provided to Council prior to works taking place, or immediately following the works.
  • Pruning of less than 5% of a trees canopy for Building clearances (1m, max 50mm diameter); Electrical Supply (1m, Max 50mm diameter); Major roads (4.5m from ground, Max 100mm Diameter); and footpaths/minor roads (2.5m from ground, Max 100mm diameter). All according to AS-4373-2007.
  • Any tree listed for City of Sydney Council under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 and any tree species listed as an exempt species under the City of Sydney Council DCP 2012 – Tree management Controls (see table below). *Does not apply if Heritage site or Significant Tree Register.
Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven None
Bambusa spp. Bamboo (all species) None
Celtis sinensis Chinese Nettle Tree < 10m
Celtis occidentalis American Nettle Tree < 10m
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel < 10m
Citrus sp. Citrus (all varieties) None
Cotoneaster spp. Cotoneaster (all species) None
Erythrina x sykesii Coral Tree < 10m
Liquidambar Liquidambar, Sweet Gum < 10m
Ficus elastic Rubber Tree None
Gleditsia triacanthos Wild Honey Locust None
Lagunaria patersonia Norfolk Island Hibiscus None
Ligustrum sp Privet None
Melia azedarach White cedar None
Morus sp. Mulberry None
Musa sp. Banana None
Olea europaea var. Africana African Olive None
Robinia pseudacacia False Acacia None
Salix spp. Willow None
Scheflera spp. Umbrella trees None
Syagrus romanzoffianum Cocos palm 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 Sydney Council permission for tree pruning and tree removal can be downloaded below together with Heritage Tree listings in the City of Sydney Council. The owner of the property on which the tree resides, or an agent acting on behalf of the owner, will need to apply.