Randwick Council

Professional Arborist in Randwick

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

Centennial Park Malabar
Chifley Maroubra
Clovelly (also Waverley) Maroubra Junction
Coogee Matraville (also Botany)
Coogee Beach Pagewood
Kensington Philip Bay
Kingsford Port Botany
La Perouse Randwick
Little Bay South Coogee

The following is a summary of Randwick Council Tree Preservation Order, which is now covered by Randwick Council Development Control Plan (DCP) 2013,  to identify works that can be done without council approval and exempt tree species. This overview is only a guide. Please reference the complete Randwick Council DCP 2013 or the Removing and Pruning Trees page on their website for more detailed information on council regulations and exemptions. 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).

Randwick Council Tree Preservation Order 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.

  • Any Tree less than 6m in height, with trunk CIRCUMFERENCE less than 1m (1m above ground) and a canopy width less than 4m. Does not include palm trees (except Cocos) and tree ferns, or any trees within Heritage Conservation areas.
  • Any tree that is dying or dead or is a risk to human life or property and is not required as the habitat of native fauna.
  • Any tree within two 2m of a building (excluding an outbuilding) measured horizontally from edge of trunk (at 1m height) to vertical alignment of the building structure (i.e. eave, guttering)
  • Pruning branches for maintenance works, (inc. thinning but excluding height reduction) by a max of 10% over 2 years. Pruning to provide 2.5m above ground level and 0.5m from electrical wires. Removal of deadwood.
  • Any tree listed for Randwick Council under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and any tree species listed as an exempt species under the Randwick Council Development Control Plan (DCP) 2013 (see table below). Does not apply if Heritage site or Significant Tree Register.
Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven None
Alnus jorullensis Evergreen Alder None
Bambusa spp. Bamboo None
Celtis sp. Hackberry None
Cotoneaster spp. Cotoneaster (all species) None
Erythrina sp. Coral Tree None
Ficus elastic Rubber Tree None
Lagunaria patersonia Norfolk Island Hibiscus None
Ligustrum sp Privet None
Morus sp. Mulberry None
Nerium oleander Oleander None
Ochna serrulata Ochna None
Olea europaea var. Africana African Olive None
Populus sp. Poplars None
Salix spp. Willow None
Scheflera spp. Umbrella trees None
Syagrus romanzoffianum Cocos palm None
Toxiocodendron sp. Rhus Tree None
X Cupressocyparis leylandii Leighton Green and Cvs None

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 a Randwick Council permit 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.