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Tree Removal - Sutherland Shire

Frequently Asked Tree Lopping Related Questions

Do you require Council approval for tree removal or pruning? The following links will explain the application procedure for your area.

Helpful Hints

  • Non native trees are not automatically exempt from application.
  • Most councils refer to the tree removal form as a "DA".
  • Ensure all people listed on the title of the property sign the DA.
  • Ensure you tell the council if there is any reason prohibiting property access (dogs, locked gates, etc) as council generally don't make appointments.

Councils have a criteria for assessing trees. Possible valid reasons for removal include:

  • Tree is dead, dying or diseased.
  • Tree is an exempt species (list of these species are usually found on your councils website).
  • Tree presents a danger to people or property.
  • Tree has been planted in an inappropriate location.
  • Ultimate size of the tree is inappropriate for its location.
  • Tree is causing health issues.

View pruning, blocked gutters or falling leaves are rarely considered valid reasons for tree removal.