Willoughby Council

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

Artarmon Naremburn
Castlecrag Northbridge
Castle Cove Roseville
Chatswood St Leonards
Chatswood West Willoughby
Lane Cove North Willoughby East
Middle Cove Willoughby North

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



Willoughby 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 4m in height, with a trunk CIRCUMFERENCE less than 600mm (measured 1.2m above ground) and a canopy width less than 3m.
  • Removal of deadwood and dead trees. Removal of horticultural Fruit Trees.
  • Maintenance pruning of Trees by up to 33% of tree canopy over a 5 year period (recommended 15% max per annum). ONLY applies to properties zoned Low Density Residential R2.
  • Any tree listed for Willoughby Council under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and any tree species listed as an exempt species under the Waverley Council Tree Preservation Order (see table below). Does not apply if Heritage site or Significant Tree Register.
Acacia baileyana Cootamundra Wattle
Acacia saligna Golden Willow Wattle
Acer negundo Box Elder
Ailanthus altissima Tree of Heaven
Alnus jorullensis Evergreen Alder
Celtis spp. Hackberry
Cinnamomum camphora Camphor laurel **
Cotoneaster spp. Cotoneaster (all species)
Cupressocyparis leylandii Leighton Cypress
Eriobotrya japonica Loquat Tree
Erythrina x sykesii Coral Tree
Ficus elastic Rubber Tree
Gleditsia triacanthos Wild Honey Locust
Grevillea robusta Silky Oak
Ligustrum sp Privet
Liquidambar Liquidambar, Sweet Gum **
Olea europaea var. Africana African Olive
Phoenix canariensis Canary Island Date Palm *
Populus spp. Poplars
Salix spp. Willow
Robinia pseudacacia Black Locust / Golden Robinia
Syagrus romanzoffianum Cocos palm
Toxiocodendron sp. Rhus Tree (under weeds)

** Must be less than 10m in height

* Must be less than 7m 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.