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City of Sydney

City of Sydney Council Tree Preservation Order

Priority Tree Services provide amongst other tree care services, stump grinding, tree removal and tree pruning (sometimes referred to as tree lopping), as well as consultancy by qualified arborists within the City of Sydney Council area. City of Sydney Council covers the following suburbs:

Annandale (parts) Erskineville Redfern
Alexandria Eveleigh The Rocks
Barangaroo Forest Lodge Rushcutters Bay (parts)
Beaconsfield Glebe St Peters (parts)
Camperdown Haymarket Surry Hills
Centennial Park (parts) Millers Point Sydney
Chippendale Moore Park Ultimo
Darlinghurst Newtown (parts) Waterloo
Darlington Paddington (parts) Woolloomooloo
Dawes Point Potts Point Zetland
Elizabeth Bay (parts) Pyrmont

Below is a brief overview of the Tree Preservation Order within City of Sydney Council. Please note this document should be used as a guide only.

To view complete Tree Preservation Order for this council please CLICK HERE.

City of Sydney Councils Tree Preservation Order allows for the following work to be carried out without consent or permission:

  1. Removal of a dead/dying or dangerous tree
  2. Work carried out on a tree by the Council, State Emergency Services or a person acting on either of their behalf in response to an emergency.
  3. Removal or pruning in accordance with AS4373 Pruning of Amenity Trees to allow electricity supply.
  4. Removal of pruning in accordance with AS4373 Pruning of Amenity Trees to provide 0.5 metre clearance of insulated electricity supply cables.
  5. Tree pruning or removal approved by a current Development Consent issued by the City.
  6. Control, removal and eradication of any species declared a noxious plant within the City under the Noxious Weeds Act, 1993.

Exempt tree species within City of Sydney Council are as follows:

African Olive Olea europaea var. Africana
Banana Musa spp
Camphor Laurel Cinnamomum camphora *
Celtis/Hackbery Celtis spp. *
Citrus Species (All varieties)
Cocos Palm Syagrus romanzoffianum
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster glaucophyllus
Cootamundra Wattle Acacia baileyana
Coral Tree Erythrina x sykesii *
Evergreen Alder Alnus jorullensis
False Acacia (not cvs) Robinia pseudacacia
Liquidambar Liquidambar styraciflua *
Loquat Eriobotrya japonica
Mulberry Morus spp
Norfolk Island Hibiscus Lagunaria atersonii
Oleander Nerium oleander
Privet Ligustrum spp
Rhus Tree Toxicodendron succedaneum
Rubber Tree Ficus elastica
Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima
Wild Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos
Castor Oil Plant Ricinus communis
Willows Salix spp.

*Only if height is less than 10.0 metres and diameter at 1 metre less than 300mm

The Tree Preservation Order exemption list does not apply to the following:

  1. Any tree with a height equal to or exceeding five metres
  2. A single trunk species, a trunk circumference of 300mm at a height of one metre above ground level
  3. A multi-trunk species, a trunk circumference exceeding 100mm at a height of one metre above ground level

Tree Preservation Order – click here

Application Form – click here

Fact Sheet Download –click here

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