Pittwater City Council

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August 31, 2016
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August 31, 2016

Pittwater City Council

Pittwater 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 Pittwater Council area. Pittwater Council covers the following suburbs:

Avalon Elanora Heights Narrabeen North
Bayview Elvina Bay Newport
Bilgola Ingleside Palm Beach
Careel Bay Lovett Bay Scotland Island
Church Point Mackerel Beach Warriewood
Clarville Morning Bay Whale Beach
Coasters Retreat Mona Vale

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

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

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

  1. Remove a declared noxious weed or tree listed in the exempt species table.
  2. Prune a tree by up to 10% of the foliage area within a period of not less than 12 months since any prior pruning
  3. Remove any tree harbouring fruit fly or grown for its edible frui, except Acmena, Syzigium and Elaeocarpus species.
  4. Tree works of which an order or permit has been issued under the Rural Fires Act 1997.

Exempt tree species within Hornsby Shire Council are as follows:

 African Olive Olea europaea africana
 Box Elder Acer negundo
 Brazilian Mastic Schinus terebinthifolius
 Bunya Bunya Pine Araucaria bidwillii
 Camphor Laurel Cinnamoinum camphora
 Cocos Palm Arecastrum romanzoffianum
 Cootamundra Wattle Acacia baileyana
 Coral Tree Eryfhrina spp
 Crested Wattle Paraserianthes lophantha
 Cypress Pine Cupressus spp
 Evergreen Alder Alnus jorullensis
 False Acacia Robinia pseudoacacia
 Golden Wreath Wattle Acacia saligna
 lllawarra Flame Brachychiton acerifolium
 Kaffir Plum Harpephyllum cuffruin
 Leighton’s Green Cypress Cupressocyparis leylandii
 Liquidambar Liquidambar styraciflua
 Mirror Plant Coprosma repens
 Norfolk Island Hibiscus Lagunaria patersonii
 Oleander Nerium oleander
 Palms other than Livistona australis
 Rubber Tree Ficus elastica
 Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima
 Umbrella Tree Schefflera actinophylia
 Weeping Fig Ficus benjamina
  Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos

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

  1. Any tree or shrub, whether endemic, exotic or introduced species larger than 3 metres in height or a canopy spread greater than 5 metres.
  2. Any mangrove irrespective of dimensions or cycad
  3. Pruning a tree by greater than 10% of the foliage area
  4. Removing any tree not otherwise listed in the exempt species table
  5. Substantially altering the soil level around the trunk or within three (3) meters of the trunk of a tree.

Council MAY consider granting consent to remove a tree where:

  1. A tree is diseased or dying,
  2. A tree is causing, or is likely to cause substantial property damage (to houses building etc).
  3. A tree is significantly misshapen or causing substantial overshadowing.

Tree Preservation Order – click here

Application Form – click here

Fact Sheet Download – click here

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