Manly Council

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

  • Balgowlah
  • Balgowlah Heights
  • Clontarf
  • Fairlight
  • Manly
  • Seaforth

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


Manly 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 less than 5m in height.
  • Dead trees and branches where technical evidence can be provided.
  • Pruning up to 10% of the canopy for clearances per annum.
  • Any tree listed for Manly Council under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and any tree species listed as an exempt species under Manly Council Tree Preservation Order (see table below). Does not apply if Heritage site or Significant Tree Register.


Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven
Alnus jorullensis Evergreen Alder
Carica papaya Paw paw
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel **
Citrus sp. Citrus (all varieties)
Eriobotrya japonica Loquat Tree
Erythrina sp. Coral Tree
Ficus elastic Rubber Tree
Gleditsia triacanthos Wild Honey Locust
Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle
Ligustrum sp Privet
Liquidambar Liquidambar, Sweet Gum **
Morus sp. Mulberry
Nerium oleander Oleander
Olea europaea var. Africana African Olive
Pittosporum sp. Pittosporum *
Populus sp. Poplars
Prunus sp. Peaches and Plums
Robinia pseudacacia (not cvs) Black Locust
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

* Must be less than 8m 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.