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Plateau Tree Services work within the Auburn, Sydney and other NSW areas to provide tree services, tree management, residential and commercial tree services, aborists reporting, tree removals, tree pruning, stump grinding, tree management, vegetation management. See list of areas covered to the right.

Below is a brief overview of the Tree Preservation Order within Auburn City  Council. Please note this page should be used as a guide only. For full details, visit the Auburn City Council website here.

Trees/plants not requiring Council’s consent for removal or pruning:

The owner of land being private property or person with the consent in writing of that owner, may without the consent of Council on such property (only for the purposes of this order) carry out the work of pruning, 
removal, ringbarking, cutting down, topping, lopping or wilfully destroying of a tree where:
  • The tree is dead;
  •  It involves the removal of dead branches on a living tree;
  •  The tree is listed as a noxious weed in the Auburn Local Government Area;
  •  The tree is listed as an environmental weed in the Auburn Local Government Area (See table to the right);
  •  The work involves the removal of any species of mistletoe or parasitic plant being removed from a tree by a qualified arborist; or 
  • Any pruning of a tree by less than 10% of the foliage volume, carried out by a qualified arborist within any twelve (12) month period.

A tree shall not be considered for removal if the tree:

  • is of significance due to its height, size, position or age; 
  • forms a prominent part of the streetscape; 
  • forms part of a wildlife habitat; 
  • is locally indigenous, rare or endangered species; 
  • provides important visual screening; or 
  • is part of remnant or riparian vegetation

Documented evidence, such as that by a qualified arborist, shall accompany any application for removal or partial removal of a tree and shall be justified as: 

  • the tree was dead; 
  • causing or potentially causing structural damage and supporting documentation is provided such as structural engineer’s report; 
  • having sustained severe damage from vehicle impact or natural hazards such as lightning, wind or flood and no other course of action will rectify the problem;
  • being diseased or has structural defects and remedial pruning (see AS 4373/2007) 
    will improve the health of the tree; or 
  • a potential hazard to the amenity of the development due to tree form or structural integrity, species characteristics or history, the size of any tree part that is likely to fail or other reasons where the tree may be injurious to health.


Any species, populations or communities listed under the provisions of the Threatened 

Species Conservation Act 1995, require approval from other government authorities.

Suburbs covered iN AUBURN CITY COUNCIL

  • Auburn
  • Berala
  • Lidcombe
  • Newington
  • Regents Park
  • Rookwood
  • Silverwater
  • Wentworth Point

Tree Preservation Order Exempt Species for AUBURN CITY COUNCIL

The following species are exempt from the Tree Preservation Order. You do not require a permit to remove or prune these trees on your property.

  • Acacia karoo - Karroo Thorn
  • Acer negundo - Box Elder
  • Bamboosa spp. - Bamboo
  • Cestrum parqui - Green Cestrum
  • Cinnamomum camphora -

    Cinnamomum camphora  (under 10m in height)

  • Cotoneaster spp. - Cotoneaster
  • Erythrina x sykesii -  Common Coral Tree
  • Ficus elastica - Rubber Tree 
  • Ligustrum spp. - Small & Large Leaf Privet
  • Pyracantha spp. - Pyracantha
  • Salix app - Willows
  • Schefflera actinophulla - Umbrella Tree
  • Syagrus roamzoffianum - Coco Palms
  • Toxicodendron succedaneum - Rhus Tree