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Sydney Tree Removal Legislation

If you’re planning to remove a tree in Sydney, you must have appropriate knowledge of the guidelines as well as pruning exemptions. If you want to prune or remove a tree that exists on private property, you should check to see if it’s a heritage item or is protected. This helps you know if you need consent. Also, some trees are excluded from the plan and can be removed without a permit. So, check if any exemptions apply.

Trees categorized as protected

Significant trees cannot be removed or pruned without permission. The significance of trees is determined according to historical, botanical, landscape, or functional importance. You can’t even cut a tree that is within your yard until you have permission. Also, you might be asked to give legitimate reasons why you should remove the tree.

Steps to get permitted

  • You have to start by checking if the tree is protected.
  • The next thing to do is to apply for a permit and lodge for prune or removal application.
  • If you need development consent, you will need to lodge a development application.
  • Wait until 28 days and if there are no notifications within 28 days, chances are, your application has been refused.
  • If you’re granted permission, make sure you remove the tree with the help of a professional.
  • Remove the tree-keeping guidelines under consideration.

Trees categorized as Exempted

Generally, unprotected trees can be removed without a permit. However, they should have a height as well as foliage size of at least 5 meters and a trunk diameter of at least 300 mm. So, you can remove trees falling this category even without getting a council permit.

You might be penalized for not having a permit

If you have had a protected tree removed without approval, you might get charged with a huge fine. Also, you may need to pay in land and environment court for removing a protected tree. Also, if you’re going to cut down invasive tree species. Moreover, such trees do not need to match the criteria that are mentioned for removal. However, to be sure you’re not uncertain about the tree species and wondering if the exemption applies to them, you can consult a professional

10/50 Vegetation Rule

The 10/50 law is to protect people within 100 meters of bushland and these areas are prone to catching fire during the summer season in particular. So, if you live in or have a property that exists anywhere in bushfire-pro zones, you can clear the trees that are within 10 to 50 meters from your building. You can cut the vegetation and nearby trees without permission, but it shouldn’t change the profile of the soil. Also, you can’t do so by bulldozing, ploughing, and burring. In addition, if your land is a slope, you are not covered by the 10/50 vegetation clearing rule because the area you are in is high erosion.

Also, if you want to know if your property is within the 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement area, you just have to do a search on your property and know if it’s among those listed in the entitlement area.

Pruning Exemptions

When it comes to pruning a tree that is on your private property, you don’t need a permit or development consent. However, the pruning should:

  • Provide clearances consistent with the guidelines for tree pruning and the branch size must not be more than the diameter pre-defined
  • Not remove more than 5% of the canopy of the tree
  • Not damage health or the structural ability of the tree
  • Be undertaken according to the Australian standard for pruning of amenity trees

So, don’t wait and contact us to get professional assistance and tree removal service now.