Do I Need Council Approval Before I Cut Down A Tree In My Yard?
Trees are beautiful, majestic creations which tower into the sky. They take years to grow and can outlive humans. Yet sometimes they are diseased or simply block the sun from your house and garden.
You may feel like chopping the tree down yourself. However, there are a few things that you should know before you attempt a tree removal in Sydney.
Regulations aside, it is important to use a professional firm for your tree removal; they have the tools and resources to bring any tree down safely.
There are several trees in Sydney which are considered to be integral to the cultural ad environmental development and status of the city.
These trees are listed on the Heritage list. If your tree is on the list then you’ll need to adopt a specific approach to cutting them down. If they are not on the list then you should be able to prune it or even fell it.
However, before you can touch it you’ll need to apply for a permit from the local council.
This is to ensure that the city is not completely devoid of trees. It doesn’t matter if the tree is on private land, a permit will still be required.
The only exception to the need for a permit is f the tree is dying, dead or a danger to the public. However, if you believe this to be the case you’ll need to get verification from a tree expert that this is the case.
You’ll also need photographs of the state of the tree, a record of the risk it presents and a statement that confirms your actions were necessary to ensure minimal future issues.
There are some trees that can be removed or pruned without a permit, providing they are not on the heritage list. These include bamboo, rubber tree, white cedar, willow, umbrella tree and the cocos palm. The whole list of them can be found here.
It is worth having the identity of the tree confirmed by a professional before you remove it.
These are trees which appear on the list mentioned earlier.
These cannot generally be removed unless there is a solid reason for it. This is usually connected with a danger to life or the creation of a building of public importance.
It is unlikely that you will get permission to remove a tree on the heritage list from your garden just because it blocks the sun.
You will need to complete a development consent form to request permission to remove a tree that is on the heritage list. This is not a quick process!
A site inspection is likely o be carried out when applying for either type of permit. If any tree looks like it will not be a minor job to remove it then you’ll need development consent before you can start the work.
This is simply to protect the public.
So before you chop down that annoying tree you need to verify what type of tree it is!