Hurstville City Council Tree Removal & Pruning

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Hurstville City Council tree removal & pruning information can be found below. It is important you check all rules before having any tree work done on or around your property as you (the owner) are responsible for your trees. Any illegal tree works done can result in you the owner being heavily fined. Hurstville City Council require permission for most tree removals & Pruning in Hurstville area

Hurstville City Council’s Tree Preservation Order is aimed at retaining as many trees as possible in the area. In effect, it means that by law, a development application must be lodged with Council for consent to remove or prune a tree on public or private land.

Trees covered by the Order

Hurstville City Council’s Tree Preservation Order applies to all trees growing in Hurstville City. It ensures trees are properly assessed before approval for removal or pruning is granted. It also prohibits the ringbarking, lopping, topping, removal, injuring or destruction of any tree.

Council’s written consent is required before any of these trees can be pruned or removed, irrespective of size:

Botanical Name – Common Name
Acmena smithii – Lilli Pilli
Angophora costata – Sydney Red Gum
Angophora floribunda – Rough Barked Apple
Angophora bakeri – Narrow Leaved Apple
Allocasuarina torulosa – Forest Oak
Banksia serrata – Old Man Banksia
Ceratopetalum apetalum – Coachwood
Ceratopetalum gummiferum – NSW Christmas Bush
Corymbia gummifera – Red Bloodwood
Corymbia maculata – Spotted Gum
Eucalyptus capitellata – Brown Stringybark
Eucalyptus fibrosa – Broad leaved Ironbark
Eucalyptus globoidea – White Stringybark
Eucalyptus haemastoma – Scribbly Gum
Eucalyptus longifolia – Woollybutt
Eucalyptus paniculata – Grey Ironbark
Eucalyptus pilularis – Blackbutt
Eucalyptus piperita – Sydney Peppermint
Eucalyptus resinifera – Red Mahogany
Eucalyptus tereticornis – Forest Red Gum
Glochidion ferdinandi – Cheese Tree
Syncarpia glomulifera – Turpentine

Written consent is also required to prune or remove any tree which meets one or more of these criteria:

  • it is three metres or more in height
  • it has a circumference of 300 millimetres or more, measured at a height of 450 millimetres from the ground
  • it has a branch spread of three metres or more.

    Trees not covered by the Order

    The Tree Preservation Order does not apply to any tree that is required to be trimmed in accordance with Clause 23 of the Electricity (Overhead Line Safety) Regulation 1991.

    In addition, it does not apply to any commercial or domestic fruit tree except Macadamia integrifolia

    What Trees Can Be Removed Without Permission

Bambusa spp

Syagrus romanzoffiana
Cocos palm

Erythrina X sykesii
Coral tree

Ficus elastica
Rubber tree

Grevillea robusta
Silky oak

Nerium oleander

Populus nigra ‘Italica’
Lombardy Poplar

Salix babylonica
Common Willow

Schefflera actinophylla
Umbrella tree

Ligustrum Sp

Further, it is permitted to remove or prune a tree when it can be demonstrated to Council that it is dying or dead or has become dangerous to properties or people. It can also be permissible to remove a tree when it can be proven that any actions taken were necessary to protect human life or property due to a bushfire burning in the vicinity.

Hurstville City Council Tree Removal & Pruning info is always being updated on their website and rules may change at anytime. Please check to make sure all info is current or feel free to give us a call on 1800 RENNIE and we can advise you whether or not you will need to seek council permission

How to find a professional Sydney Arborist? 3 tips below!

1– Does your tree removal company have a website, Facebook page or an online presence? Im not saying this is a must have, but its a good way to know the company is legit and have a read of their credentials

2– Ask for copies of their insurance. Most professional tree companies will carry 10-20 Million Public liability insurance. Ask them to email you a copy with their quote

3– Are they qualified Arborists? Now i do know some very talented professional people in the industry who are great at their job and have no “Qualifications” but a minimum of a cert 3 in Aboriculture is something you could expect your Tree professional to have. Level 5 even better (however sometimes i feel these certificates are being found in cereal boxes……..)

Read about door knocking tree loppers to avoid falling into that trap