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

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

  • Trees with a height less than 5m, on private property only;
  • all vegetation on the Manly Council noxious weeds list (See list to the right);
  • dead trees where technical evidence can beprovided to show they are dead;
  • Up to 10% of a tree’s foliage can be pruned without Council consent in one year.

Council MAY consider granting a permit to remove a tree under certain conditions, including when:

  • A tree is considered by Council to be dangerous, dying or diseased;
  • A tree is growing within 3 metres of a structure and proving to cause obvious damage to houses, buildings or sewage system. Council may request further evidence in such cases;
  • A tree is causing an acute illness or allergic reaction and a claim can be supported by a (specialist doctor) medical certificate and Council is satisfied that the specific tree is the primary cause of the problem or;
  • A property has been over planted and the removal of the tree/trees will be to the benefit of the remaining trees.

Council MAY consider granting a permit for additional pruning (ie more than 10% of existing canopy) under certain conditions, including when:

  • A tree has been subject to storm damage or repeated branch shedding;
  • Limbs are overhanging dwellings;
  • Limbs cause vision obstruction or other hazards;
  • A tree permit will not be granted on the grounds of natural processes such as shedding bark, fruit or leaves, to improve a view and/or unsubstantiated fears about large trees.

Note: It is illegal to remove or prune any trees on public land, parks, bushland reserves or foreshore areas.

Suburbs covered in MANLY Council

  • Manly
  • Fairlight
  • Balgowlah
  • Fairy Bower
  • Balgowlah Heights
  • North Head
  • Clontart
  • Seaforth

Tree Preservation Order Exempt Species for MANLY

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.

  • Tree of Heaven - Alianthus altissima
  • Evergreen Alders - Alnus acuminata 
  • Cocos palms - Arecastrum romanzoffianum 
  • Paw paw - Carica papaya
  • Camphor laurel - Cinnamomum camphora 
  • (under 10m in height)
  • All Citrus - Citrus sp. 
  • Loquat - Eriobotrya sp.
  • Coral tree - Erythrina x sykesii
  • Rubber tree - Ficus elastica 
  • Honey locust - Gleditsia triacanthos 
  • Crepe myrtle - Lagerstroemia 
  • Liquidambar - Liquidambar styraciflua
  • (under 10m in height)
  • Mulberry tree - Morus sp. 
  • Oleander - Nerium oleander 
  • African Olive - Olea africana 
  • Poplars - Populus sp.
  • Pittosporum - Pittosporum sp. 
    (under 8m in height)

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