Kuringai Council

Professional Arborist in Kuringai

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






St Ives




The following is a summary of the Kuringai Council Tree Preservation Order, which is now covered by the Kuringai Council Development Control Plan (DCP) – Part 13 – Tree and Vegetation Preservation, to identify works that can be done without council approval and exempt tree species. This overview is only a guide. Please reference the complete Kuringai Council DCP – Part 13 – Tree and Vegetation Preservation for more detailed information on council regulations and exemptions. Care should be also 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) which can also supersede the 10/50 Bushfire clearances laws.


Kuringai 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 5m in height and a trunk diameter less than 150mm at ground level.
  • Dead trees (provided council satisfied not for habitat) and branches.
  • Trees within 3m of an existing dwelling (measured from centre of trunk). Consent from owner of tree required. Does not include detached garages and buildings, carports, verandahs, balconies and decks.
  • Tree branches directly over roof lines of a residence – pruned back to nearest branch junction or collar to clear roofline, provided tree owner in agreement and according to AS-4373-2007 (excluding detached buildings and carports)
  • Minor Pruning of Branches according to AS4373-2009 – Max 50mm diameter and any branches near electrical wires (500mm clearances).
  • Removal of trees that pose an imminent risk to human life or property – Council to advise before proceeding and AQF 5 Arborist may be required.
  • Any tree listed for Kuringai Council under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 (replacing the NSW Noxious Weeds Act 1993) and any tree species listed as an exempt species under Kuringai Council DCP. Note: Does not apply if Heritage Conservation Area or Significant Tree Register.
Acacia baileyanaCootamundra WattleNone
Acacia podalyrifoliaQld Silver WattleNone
Acacia salignaGolden Willow WattleNone
Acer negundoBox ElderNone
Ailanthus altissimaTree of HeavenNone
Alnus jorullensisEvergreen AlderNone
Celtis spp.HackberryNone
Cotoneaster spp.Cotoneaster (all species)None
Eriobotrya japonicaLoquat TreeNone
Erythrina sp.Coral Tree (all Species)None
Ficus elasticRubber TreeNone
Ligustrum spPrivetNone
Liquidambar stryracifluaLiquidambar, Sweet Gum< 12m
Olea europaea var. AfricanaAfrican OliveNone
Paraserianthes lophanthaCrested WattleNone
Populus nigra italicaLombardy PoplarNone
Pyracantha spp.FirethornNone
Robinia pseudacaciaBlack Locust / Golden RobiniaNone
Scheflera spp.Umbrella treesNone
Schinus terebinthifoliusBroad-leaf pepper treeNone
Syagrus romanzoffianumCocos palmNone
Toxiocodendron sp.Rhus TreeNone


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 Kuringai 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.