Ryde Council

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

Chatswood West Macquarie University
Denistone Marsfield
Denistone East Meadowbank
Denistone West Melrose Park
East Ryde North Ryde
Eastwood Putney
Gladesville Ryde
Macquarie Centre Tennyson Point
Macquarie Park West Ryde


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



Ryde 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, with a trunk CIRCUMFERENCE less than 450mm (measured 1.4m above ground).
  • Removal of deadwood.
  • Removal or pruning of a Tree within 3m (measured at ground level) of a legally constructed building or outhouse (includes car ports and pools) – Tree must be on the SAME property. This does not apply if tree is protected for Heritage or Ecological reasons (Check Endangered Ecological Communities in Ryde to see species list).
  • Removal of any fruit tree with exception Lilypilly, Blueberry Ash and Macadamia.
  • Any tree listed for Ryde Council under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and any tree species listed as an exempt species under the Ryde 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
Bambusa spp. Bamboo
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel
Erythrina sp. Coral Tree
Ficus benjamina Weeping Fig
Ficus elastic Rubber Tree
Lagunaria patersonia Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Ligustrum sp Privet
Morus sp. Mulberry
Nerium oleander Oleander
Olea europaea var. Africana African Olive
Populus sp. Poplars
Salix spp. Willow
Scheflera spp. Umbrella trees
Syagrus romanzoffianum Cocos palm
Tamarix aphylla Athel Tree
Toxiocodendron sp. Rhus Tree


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.