Willoughby Council

Professional Arborist in Willoughby

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

Castle CoveRoseville
ChatswoodSt Leonards
Chatswood WestWilloughby
Lane Cove NorthWilloughby East
Middle CoveWilloughby North

The following is a summary of the Willoughby Council Tree Preservation Order, which is now covered by Part C.9 Vegetation Management of Willoughby Development Control Plan (WDCP) (2020) and the Willoughby Council Vegetation Management Guidelines,  to identify works that can be done without council approval and exempt tree species. This overview is only a guide. Please reference the complete Part C.9 Vegetation Management of Willoughby Development Control Plan (WDCP) (2020) 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).


Willoughby Council Tree Preservation Order allows for the following tree removal or tree pruning works WITHOUT council permission. For all 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 4m in height, with a trunk CIRCUMFERENCE less than 600mm (measured 1.4m above ground) and a canopy width less than 3m.
  • Removal of deadwood, dead trees (evidence required that not providing habitat) and trees that pose imminent danger to human life or property (evidence required).
  • Selective pruning of trees by up to 10% of tree canopy over a 5 year period (AS4373). Note: Does not apply to heritage conservation areas – permit required.
  • Any tree declared as a weed under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and any tree species listed as an Exempt species under the Willoughby Council Vegetation Management WDCP C.9 (see table below). Note: Does not apply if Heritage site or Heritage Conservation area.


Acacia baileyanaCootamundra WattleNone
Acacia salignaGolden Willow WattleNone
Acer negundoBox ElderNone
Ailanthus altissimaTree of HeavenNone
Alnus jorullensisEvergreen AlderNone
Celtis spp.HackberryNone
Cinnamomum camphoraCamphor laurel< 10m
Cotoneaster spp.Cotoneaster (all species)None
Cupressocyparis leylandiiLeighton CypressNone
Eriobotrya japonicaLoquat TreeNone
Erythrina spp.Coral TreeNone
Eucalyptus nicholiiNarrow-leaved PeppermintNone
Ficus elasticRubber TreeNone
Gleditsia triacanthosHoney LocustNone
Grevillea robustaSilky OakNone
Lagunaria patersoniaNorfolk Island HibiscusNone
Ligustrum spPrivetNone
Liquidambar styracifluaLiquidambar, Sweet GumNone
Nerium oleanderOleanderNone
Olea europaea var. AfricanaAfrican OliveNone
Phoenix canariensisCanary Island Date Palm< 7m Trunk
Plumeria spp.FrangipaniNone
Populus spp.PoplarsNone
Robinia pseudocaciaBlack Locust / Golden RobiniaNone
Salix spp.WillowNone
Syagrus romanzoffianumCocos palmNone
Triadica sebiferaChinese TallowNone
Schefflera spp.Umbrella TreeNone
Toxiocodendron sp.Rhus Tree (under weeds)None
*Removal of recognised horticultural fruit trees grown for fruit production


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 Willoughby 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.