How to Apply to Council for Tree Removal

The council tree removal application process varies greatly depending on where you live in Sydney. This is because certain areas of the city are home to historically or culturally significant species that in some cases are endangered.

Many of our city’s trees also harbour important ecosystems that help maintain a delicate balance in Sydney’s urban landscape. So while one tree may not seem like a big deal, it’s removal could potentially cause a great deal of loss from an environmental and community’s perspective.

If, after going through the step by step process below, you discover a council tree removal application isn’t necessary, it is still advisable to consult with a working arborist to carry out the job in a safe and efficient manner. TreeLink follows strict safety procedures to ensure you and your home are not damaged in the process.

Step One

Do some research. Find out as much as you possibly can about the tree in question.

  • Know what kind of species it is.
  • Measure the height of the tree, the circumference of the trunk, and the distance from your home or any other structure.
  • Look to see if there are any dead branches in the canopy or other signs that may indicate the tree’s health is declining.

Step Two

Review your local councils Tree Preservation Order (TPO) – listed below. These documents outline the council rules which you must abide by for maintenance or tree removal in your neighbourhood. They will also indicate whether or not you must fill out an application and have it approved before you go ahead.

Step three

It is recommended in most cases at this stage to consult with a trusted working arborist in your area to carry out the tree removal or maintenance.  There are professional arborists who strictly consult and while they are qualified to fill out any necessary reports during the application process, this means you will then have to do the work yourself or seek out another service provider once the appropriate paperwork is attained. TreeLink has qualified working arborists on hand to help you with both the paperwork and the grunt work.

Some tips from the pros

Here are few ways you can be sure the tree removal the process goes smoothly for you.

  • Be diligent when filling out your council tree removal application. If there is missing information in any of the documents, the request will be refused and submitting additional paperwork will cost you extra.
  • Be sure that your quote includes debris removal services. TreeLink offer land clearing and mulching services so you can get rid of what you don’t want and make use of the good stuff.
  • Planting a replacement tree once one is removed is a common council requirement. TreeLink can assist you with selecting a tree that won’t cause issues down the road and planting it so it has ideal conditions to grow into a beautiful adult tree that your family can enjoy for many years.

You can read more about tree removal in Sydney by visiting our services page or you can always contact us at 1800 438 567.