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:
|Lane Cove North||Willoughby East|
|Middle Cove||Willoughby 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.
|BOTANICAL NAME||COMMON NAME||LIMITATION|
|Acacia baileyana||Cootamundra Wattle||None|
|Acacia saligna||Golden Willow Wattle||None|
|Acer negundo||Box Elder||None|
|Ailanthus altissima||Tree of Heaven||None|
|Alnus jorullensis||Evergreen Alder||None|
|Cinnamomum camphora||Camphor laurel||< 10m|
|Cotoneaster spp.||Cotoneaster (all species)||None|
|Cupressocyparis leylandii||Leighton Cypress||None|
|Eriobotrya japonica||Loquat Tree||None|
|Erythrina spp.||Coral Tree||None|
|Eucalyptus nicholii||Narrow-leaved Peppermint||None|
|Ficus elastic||Rubber Tree||None|
|Gleditsia triacanthos||Honey Locust||None|
|Grevillea robusta||Silky Oak||None|
|Lagunaria patersonia||Norfolk Island Hibiscus||None|
|Liquidambar styraciflua||Liquidambar, Sweet Gum||None|
|Olea europaea var. Africana||African Olive||None|
|Phoenix canariensis||Canary Island Date Palm||< 7m Trunk|
|Robinia pseudocacia||Black Locust / Golden Robinia||None|
|Syagrus romanzoffianum||Cocos palm||None|
|Triadica sebifera||Chinese Tallow||None|
|Schefflera spp.||Umbrella Tree||None|
|Toxiocodendron sp.||Rhus Tree (under weeds)||None|
|*Removal of recognised horticultural fruit trees grown for fruit production|
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.
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