City of Sydney Council

Sydney Tree Solutions provides tree services such as Tree Removal, Tree Pruning, Stump Grinding and Arborist Reports in the Council Municipality of City of Sydney 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 City of Sydney Council Tree Preservation Order to identify works that can be done without council approval and exempt species. This overview is only a guide. Please reference the complete Tree Preservation Order for City of Sydney Council for more detailed information. Care should be also taken that the tree is not protected for Ecological or Heritage reasons.


City of Sydney Council Tree Preservation Order allows for the following removal or pruning works WITHOUT council permission. 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 Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and any tree species listed as an exempt species under the City of Sydney Council Tree Preservation Order (see table below). Does not apply if Heritage site or Significant Tree Register.


Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven
Bambusa spp. Bamboo (all species)
Celtis sinensis Chinese Nettle Tree **
Celtis occidentalis American Nettle Tree **
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel **
Citrus sp. Citrus (all varieties)
Cotoneaster spp. Cotoneaster (all species)
Erythrina x sykesii Coral Tree **
Liquidambar Liquidambar, Sweet Gum **
Ficus elastic Rubber Tree
Gleditsia triacanthos Wild Honey Locust
Lagunaria patersonia Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Ligustrum sp Privet
Melia azedarach White cedar
Morus sp. Mulberry
Musa sp. Banana
Olea europaea var. Africana African Olive
Robinia pseudacacia False Acacia
Salix spp. Willow
Scheflera spp. Umbrella trees
Syagrus romanzoffianum Cocos palm

** Must be less than 10m in Height.


Council Approvals

Council approval in writing must be obtained prior to any works commencing outside of the above conditions and exemptions. Breaching a tree preservation order can result in very heavy fines.

The application forms for obtaining council permission are shown below. The owner of the property on which the tree resides, or an agent acting on behalf of the owner, will need to apply.