Professional Arborist in Northern Beaches Council

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

Formerly Manly Council:


Balgowlah Heights





Formerly Pittwater Council:

Akuna BayCurrawong BeachPalm Beach
Avalon BeachElanora HeightsParadise Beach
Avalon NorthElvina BaySalt Pan Cove
BarrenjoeyFoleys HillSand Point
BayviewInglesideScotland Island
Bilgola BeachIngleside HeightsStokes Point
Bungan BeachLovett BayTaylors Point
Bungan HeadMcCarrs CreekThe Basin
Careel BayMona ValeTowlers Bay
Careel HeadMorning BayTumbledown Dick
Church PointNarrabeenTurimetta
Clareville BeachNorth NarrabeenWhale Beach

Formerly Waringah Council:

Allambie HeightsDavidsonNarrabeen
Beacon HillDee WhyNarraweena
BelroseDuffys ForestNorth Curl Curl
BrookvaleForestvilleNorth Manly
CollaroyFrenchs ForestOxford Falls
Collaroy PlateauFreshwaterQueenscliff
Cottage PointInglesideTerrey Hills
CromerKillarney HeightsWheeler Heights
Curl CurlManly Vale

The following is a summary of the Northern Beaches Council Tree Preservation Policy to identify works that can be done without council approval and exempt tree species. This policy is now covered by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP) and the Northern Beaches Council DCP. This overview is only a guide. Please reference the complete Northern Beaches Tree Removal and Pruning Policy for more detailed information. Care should also be 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.

Northern Beaches Council Tree Management policy allows for the following tree removal or tree pruning works WITHOUT council permission. For all arborist 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 less than 5m in height.
  • Tree removal under the 10/50 Legislation for hazard reduction in Bush Fire prone areas.
  • Removal of a Tree where the base of the trunk is within 2m of an existing approved building (excluding decks, pergolas, sheds, patios etc)
  • Dead trees (unless habitat) and branches – technical photographic evidence
  • Tree removal where the tree is a ‘high risk’ and poses imminent danger to life or property – needs to be certified in a written report from an AQF Level 5 Arborist. Includes fallen or partially fallen storm damaged trees.
  • Removal of any tree listed as a priority weed – NSW Bio Security Act 2015.
  • Pruning or removal of hedges (group of 2+ trees planted to form a hedge)
  • Tree Pruning up to 10% of the canopy for clearances per annum (according to AS 4373-2007).
  • Any tree species listed as an Exempt species under Northern Beaches Council Tree Preservation Order (see table below). Does not apply if Heritage item or within a Heritage area.

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 Northern Beaches Council Tree Removal and Pruning Permits can be downloaded below, together with maps for land use zoning within Northern Beaches Council. The owner of the property on which the tree resides, or an agent acting on behalf, will need to apply.






Acacia baileyanaCootamundra Wattle
Acacia salignaGolden Wreath (or Willow) Wattle
Acer negundo Box Elder
Alianthus altissimaTree of Heaven
All Ficus spp. (except F macrophylla. F.rubiginosa, F. coronataAll Ficus spp. (except Moreton Bay Fig. Port Jackson Fig, Sandpaper Fig
Alnus jorullensisEvergreen Alder
Araucaria bidwillii Not Norfolk Island PinesBunya Bunya Pine
Brachychiton acerifolius Illawarra Flame Tree
Cassia sppCassia
Castanospermum australe Black Bean, Moreton Bay Chestnut
Celtis australis Hackberry
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel
Citharexylum spinosum Fiddlewood
Cotoneaster glauophyllus Cotoneaster
Cupaniopsis laurina Tuckeroo
Cupressus spp. Cupressocyparis spp. Chamaecyparis spp. Cypress Pine
Eriobotrya japonica, Carica papaya, Citrus spp. Fortunella spp. Malus spp. Morus spp. Persea spp. Prunus spp. All non-native fruit producing trees (Loquat, Paw Paw, Citrus, Kumquat, Apple, Mulberry, Avocado, Apricot, Almond, Cherry, Plum, Peach, Mango
Erythrina spp. Coral Tree
Eucalyptus nicholi Peppermint Gum
Eucalyptus scoparia Wallangarra White Gum
Fraxinus griffithii Himalayan Ash / Griffiths Ash
Gleditsia triacanthos Honey Locust
Grevillea robusta Silky Oak
Harpephyllum caffrum Kaffir Plum
Jacaranda mimosifolia Jacaranda
Lagerstroemia Crepe Myrtle
Lagunaria patersonia Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Ligustrum spp. Large and Small leaf Privet
Liquidambar styracifflua Liquidambar
Nerirum oleander Oleander
Olea spp. Olive
Palms other than Livistona australisPalms other than Cabbage Tree Palm
Paraserianthes lophantha Crested Wattle
Pinus spp. Pine
Pittosporum spp.(up to 8m)Pittosporum
Populus spp. Poplar
Pyracantha angustifolia Orange Fire Thorn
Raphiolepis indica Indian Hawthorn
Robinia pseudoacacia False Acacia
Salix spp. Willow
Sapium sebiferum Chinese Tallow
Schefflera actinophylla Umbrella Tree
Spathodea campanulata African Tulip Tree
Syagrus (Arecastrum) romanzoffiana Cocos Palm
Ulmus parvifolia Chinese Elm