Sutherland Shire Tree Removal & Pruning Council Info

Sutherland Shire 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 carried out on your property can result in you (the owner) being heavily fined. Sutherland Shire Council require permission for most tree removal in Sutherland Shire, however council will provide approval to remove a tree within 3 metres of a dwelling subject to an application.

Is your property in the 10/50 Tree & Vegetation Fire Zone? This can make you exempt from council. Read our post on the 10/50 Tree removal

Sutherland Shire Council allow any tree to be pruned by 10% or less once a year max. However all pruning needs to be carried out to the Australian Standard 4373 – 2007 pruning of amenity trees. What this basically means is you should seek a “professional” Arborist to prune the tree in a way to cause less harm to the tree. Please give us call to discuss the tree pruning before submitting an application to prune a tree in the Sutherland Shire

Sutherland Shire Tree Removal  Application Form 

Is your tree part of a DA application?

What Trees Can Be Removed Without Sutherland Shire Council Permission

Acacia podalyriifolia
Queensland Silver Wattle

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Acacia saligna
Golden wreath wattle

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Acer negundo
Box elder

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Araucaria bidwillii
Bunya bunya pine

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Arundinaria spp
Clumping Bamboo

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Chamaecyparis pisifera spp
Sawara Cypress

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Cinnamomum camphora
Camphor laurel

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Citrus spp
Cumquat, Grape Fruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange (edible species)

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Cupressus macrocarpa var brunniana
Brunnings Golden Cypress

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Cuprocyparis x leylandii
Leyland Cypress

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Cupressus sempervirens
Pencil Pine or Italian Cypress

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Eriobotrya japonica
Loquat

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Erythrina X sykesii
Coral tree

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Ficus benjamina
Weeping fig

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Ficus elastica
Rubber tree

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Grevillea robusta
Silky oak

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Ligustrum lucidum
Large Leaf Privet

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Ligustrum sinense
Small Leaf Privet

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Liquidamber styraciflua
Liquidamber

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Morus nigra
Black Mulberry

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Olea europaea subsp cuspidata
African Olive

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Phoenix canariensis
Canary Island Date Palm

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Phyllostachys aurea
Fishpole Bamboo

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Phyllostachys nigra
Black Bamboo

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Pinus radiata
Radiata Pine or Monterey Pine

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Pomme spp
Apple, Crab Apple, Nashi Fruit, Pear, Quince (edible species)

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Populus nigra “Italica”
Lombardy poplar

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Prunus spp
Apricot, Cherry, Nectarine, Peach, Plum

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Robinia pseudoacacia
Black Locust

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Schefflera actinophylla
Umbrella tree

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Syagrus romanzoffiana
Cocos palm

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 Sutherland Shire 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 Arborist to remove your tree in the Sutherland Shire? 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