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:
|Barangaroo||Forest Lodge||Rushcutters Bay|
|Centennial Park||Millers Point||The Rocks|
|Dawes Point||Potts Point||Zetland|
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.
|BOTANICAL NAME||COMMON NAME||LIMITATION|
|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|
|Melia azedarach||White cedar||None|
|Olea europaea var. Africana||African Olive||None|
|Robinia pseudacacia||False Acacia||None|
|Scheflera spp.||Umbrella trees||None|
|Syagrus romanzoffianum||Cocos palm||None|
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.
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