Kuringai Council

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

  • Roseville
  • Lindfield
  • Killara
  • Gordon
  • Pymble
  • St Ives
  • Turramurra
  • Wahroonga
  • Warrawee

The following is a summary of Kuringai 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 Kuringai Council for more detailed information. Care should be also taken that the tree is not protected for Ecological or Heritage reasons.



Kuringai 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 and a trunk diameter less than 150mm at ground level.
  • Dead trees and branches
  • Trees within 3m of an existing dwelling (measured from center of trunk). Tree must be on same property, owners consent required and does not include detached buildings, carports, balconies and decks.
  • Tree branches directly over roof lines – pruned back to the nearest branch junction or collar to clear the roofline, provided the owner of the tree is in agreement and according to AS-4373-2007 (does not include detached buildings and carports).
  • Branches near electrical wires (500mm clearances) and minor Pruning of Branches according to AS4373-2009 – Max 50mm Diameter.
  • Any tree listed for Kuringai Council under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and any tree species listed as an exempt species under Kuringai Council Tree Preservation Order (see table below). Does not apply if Heritage site or Significant Tree Register.
Acacia baileyana Cootamundra Wattle
Acacia podalyrifolia Qld Silver Wattle
Acacia saligna Golden Willow Wattle
Acer negundo Box Elder
Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven
Alnus jorullensis Evergreen Alder
Bambusa spp. Bamboo (all species)
Celtis spp. Hackberry **
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel *
Cotoneaster spp. Cotoneaster (all species)
Eriobotrya japonica Loquat Tree
Erythrina x sykesii Coral Tree **
Ficus elastic Rubber Tree
Gleditsia triacanthos Wild Honey Locust
Grevillea robusta Silky Oak
Ligustrum sp Privet
Liquidambar Liquidambar, Sweet Gum *
Musa cavendishii Banana
Olea europaea var. Africana African Olive
Populus nigra italica Lombardy Poplar **
Pyracantha spp. Firethorn
Robinia pseudacacia Black Locust / Golden Robinia
Scheflera spp. Umbrella trees
Schinus terebinthifolius Broad-leaf pepper tree
Syagrus romanzoffianum Cocos palm
Toxiocodendron sp. Rhus Tree

** Must be less than 10m in Height

* Must be less than 12m in Height


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 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.