Lane Cove Council

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

  • Greenwich
  • Lane Cove
  • Lane Cove North
  • Lane Cove West
  • Linley Point
  • Longueville
  • Northwood
  • Riverview
  • St Leonards

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


Lane Cove Council Tree Preservation Order allows for the following removal or pruning works BUT ONLY after application and issue of a FAST TRACK PERMIT (No Fee).

** For all works outside of this scope council will require a full Tree Preservation Inspection and Permit as per usual.

  • Any tree less than 6m in Height
  • Removal of dead trees and branches.
  • Pruning for building line and electrical wire clearances of 2m (Except for Eucalyptus, Angophora, Corymbia and Syncarpia species than all require a regular permit)
  • Pruning and Re-shaping of Cypress Pines (less than 10% canopy).
  • Pruning or removal of any tree declared in the Lane Cove local government area under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and/or listed in the exempt species list below (still require fast track permit though)


Acer negundo Box Elder
Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven
Alnus jorullensis Evergreen Alder
Celtis sp. Hackberry
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel **
Cotoneaster spp. Cotoneaster (all species)
Citrus sp. Citrus (all varieties)
Eriobotrya japonica Loquat Tree
Erythrina sp. Coral Tree **
Ficus elastic Rubber Tree
Grevillea robusta Silky Oak **
Jacaranda mimosifolia Jacaranda **
Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle
Lagunaria patersonia Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Ligustrum sp Privet
Liquidambar Liquidambar, Sweet Gum **
Morus sp. Mulberry
Musa sp. Banana
Nerium oleander Oleander
Olea europaea var. Africana African Olive
Persea gratissima Avocado
Populus nigra italica Lombardy Poplar **
Prunus sp. Peaches and Plums
Robinia pseudacacia (not cvs) Black Locust
Salix spp. Willow
Scheflera spp. Umbrella trees
Syagrus romanzoffianum Cocos palm
Toxiocodendron sp. Rhus Tree
X Cupressocyparis leylandii Leighton Green and Cvs

** Must be less than 10m in Height.


Council Approvals

Council approval in writing must be obtained prior to any other works being carried out whether on FAST TRACK APPLICATION or a regular TREE PRESERVATION INSPECTION. Breaching a tree preservation order can result in very heavy fines.

The application forms for both 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.