This is the first in our series about the different rules and regulations in regards to tree removal and pruning in your council area. We aim to provide you with all the info to navigate this complex topic in one place.
We’ll start with Sutherland Shire Council area
This information is sourced from the Sutherland Shire Council Website which can be found Here
You can prune or remove the following without permission except where the tree has heritage significance. ( please contact the council if you think your tree may be of heritage significance. )
Other than the exceptions noted above permission has to be granted for everything else.
All applications are assessed by qualified council staff.
A common misconception is that council says “NO” to almost everything. This is not correct. Sutherland Shire Council has a set criteria by which they assess all trees. If your trees fit within this criteria then permission will be granted.
Permission is needed from both council and the owner of the neighbouring property. There is a section on the application form your neighbour should complete and sign before submitting your request.