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Plateau Tree Services work within the Ku-ring-gai area 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 Ku-ring-gai Council. Please note this page should be used as a guide only. For full details, visit the Ku-ring-gai Council Website.

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

The following exemptions to the order apply:
  • Dead trees and branches:
    Removal of completely dead trees and dead branches.
  • Tree branches directly over roof lines:
  • Trees within 3.0 metres of an existing dwelling:
  • Branches and trees near electrical wires.
  • Trees on Council land
  • Trees approved for removal under development consent
  • Minor Pruning:
    i) Branches pruned are not more than 50mm in diameter 
    ii) Roots pruned are not more than 30mm in diameter
    iii)  Pruning is consistent with the Australian Standard for Pruning of Amenity Trees (AS 4373-2007)
  • Exempt tree species (see right)
  • Rural Fires Act 1997
Do the exemptions apply on heritage properties? The exemptions under this order do not apply to trees which are or form part of a heritage item.


The Tree Order prohibits the injury of any tree protected under this Order without the written
consent of Council.  

Injury under this Order means damage to a tree and includes:  
removal of a tree pruning, damaging/tearing of live branches lopping (height reduction) topping of a tree poisoning, including but not limited to, the application of substances damaging to trees such as herbicides, other chemicals toxic to trees, spilling and/or directing contaminants such as oil, petroleum, paint, cement and similar to the root zone. Ringbarking, or otherwise damaging the bark including the attachment of objects using invasive fastenings, tree climbing spikes, and the fastening of materials around the trunk of trees which may result in a detrimental impact on tree health. The growing of vines to the trunk and branches of trees which is or will result in a detrimental impact on tree health. Damaging the root zone of a tree by way of compaction, including storage and stockpiling of materials, Changes to ground levels within the root zone of a tree by way of excavation, trenching, or filling. 


Who can apply?

Only the owner of the trunk of the tree or their authorised agent (proof of authority required) can apply for consent for tree works under this order.

How do I apply?

An application is required to be completed and forwarded to Council for all works on trees where an exemption does not apply. The application must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Can the permit lapse?

The Tree works permit is valid for 12months from the date of issue unless otherwise specified. Upon application Council may allow an extension of time.

Can I appeal Council’s decision?

An application for review of Council’s decision, under section 82A of the EP&A Act, may be lodged with Council on Council’s Tree Review Application form where Council has refused an application , or an appeal may be lodged with the Land & Environment Court of NSW.

Will Council require replacement trees?

Council will require the planting of replacement trees and may specify the number, species, location and stock size.

Suburbs covered in

  • Barra Brui
  • East Killara
  • East Lindfield
  • East Roseville
  • Fox Valley
  • Gordon
  • Killara
  • Lindfield
  • Lindfield West
  • North St Ives
  • North Wahroonga
  • Pymble
  • Roseville
  • Roseville Chase
  • St Ives
  • St Ives Chase
  • Turramurra
  • Turramurra East
  • Turramurra North
  • Turramurra South
  • Wahroonga
  • Wahroonga East
  • Wahroonga South
  • Warrawee
  • West Gordon
  • West Killara
  • West Pymble

Tree Preservation Order Exempt NOXIOUS WEED Species for Ku-ring-gai

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

  • Golden Wreath Wattle - Acacia saligna
  • Box Elder  - Acer negundo
  • Tree of Heaven - Ailanthus altissima
  • Evergreen Alder - Alnus jorullensis
  • Camphor Laurel - Cinnamomum camphora (except where 15m in height or greater)
  • Nettle tree - Celtis sp.Celtis
  • Cocos Palm  - Aracastrum romanzoffianum
  • Loquat - Eriobotrya japonica
  • Coral Tree - Erythrina x sykesii
  • Cockscomb Coral Tree - Erythrina crista – galli
  • Rubber Tree - Ficus elastica
  • Small and large Leaved Privet - Ligustrum species
  • Liquidambar - Liquidambar styracifolia (with a height less than 12m)
  • African Olive - Olea europa subsp.” Africana”
  • Lombardy Poplar - Populous nigra italica
  • Black Locust - Robinia pseudoacacia
  • Willows - Salix sp
  • Umbrella Tree - Schefflera sp
  • Rhus - Toxiocodendron succedaneum