Mosman Council

Sydney Tree Solutions provides tree services such as Tree Removal, Tree Pruning, Stump Grinding and Arborist Reports in the Council Municipality of Mosman.

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


Mosman 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 and less than 450mm CIRCUMFERENCE (300mm above ground) – Must not be Heritage site or listed on Urban Forest Register. Tree ferns less than 2m in height.
  • Dead wood in trees on private land.
  • A tree is harbouring fruit fly as confirmed and recorded in writing by a suitably qualified professional.
  • Any tree listed for Mosman Council under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and any tree species listed as an exempt species under Mosman Council Tree Preservation Order (see table below). Does not apply if Heritage site or Significant Tree Register.
Celtis sp. Hackberry **
Carica papaya Paw paw
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel **
Citrus sp. Citrus (all varieties)
Cotoneaster spp. Cotoneaster (all species)
Cypressus spp. Cypress
Erythrina sp. Coral Tree **
Ficus elastic Rubber Tree
Hibiscus spp. Hibiscus
Ligustrum sp Privet
Morus sp. Mulberry
Nerium oleander Oleander
Olea europaea sub. cuspidata Wild Olive
Prunus sp. Peaches and Plums
Salix spp. Willow
Scheflera spp. Umbrella trees
Syagrus romanzoffianum Cocos palm
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 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.