Council Info

Do you need council consent

Councils across Sydney have Tree Management orders which protect trees. These govern what you can and cannot do to your tree. we have provided links to the tree section on your councils website.


Call our office for help. Our staff may be able to help over the phone or arrange one of our consulting arborists to visit if its a complicated issue. 


Most councils require you to have a permit prior to removing a tree and often even to just prune a tree.


Click on the links below to check what your council regulations are or to access a council tree application form. Generally, but not always, removing a dead tree, pruning dead branches or pruning less than 10% of the canopy can be done without council consent.


The council websites can be hard to interpret. many have now adopted the Development application process for anyone wanting to prune or remove a tree. don't worry its a simple process.