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RANDWICK CITY COUNCIL

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

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

  • If the tree is less than six (6) metres in height and/or less than four (4) metres across the canopy or less than one (1) metre in trunk circumference at one (1) metre above ground level;
  • You do not require permission to remove ANY tree growing within two (2) metres of a residential building, no matter what the size. You can also remove a tree where it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Council that the tree is dying, dead or has become dangerous;
  • If it is declared under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 to be a noxious week in respect of land within the City of Randwick.
Digital photographs should be taken and provided to Council to verify that tree/s are:
  • dying;
  • dead or dangerous, or;
  • that they are within two (2) metres of a residential building PRIOR to the removal/pruning of any such tree/s.
You can also prune or remove any tree:
  • If the trimming or removal of a tree/s takes place under section 48 of theElectricity Supply Act 1995.
  • If the pruning of any tree/s is in accordance with the Australian Standard to provide 0.5 metre clearance of insulated domestic electricity supply cables.

WHEN COUNCIL APPROVAL IS REQUIRED TO REMOVE OR PRUNE A TREE

You must obtain consent from Council to remove/prune ANY palm tree, cycad or tree fern of ANY size on your own property, ANY tree in recognised bushland, or ANY tree on public land.
You also require Council consent to prune/remove ANY tree if you are within a Heritage Conservation Area or if the tree is listed as a Heritage Item.

Rather than removing a tree, you may consider having the tree's canopy thinned out to obtain filtered light. A qualified arborist will usually be able to open up the canopy of a tree in a way that will allow considerably more light to penetrate.

With larger trees this process will probably have to be repeated every few years. However, thinning out the canopy is an effective way of both preserving a tree and retaining your access to sunlight.
The following will not generally be considered as justifiable reasons to remove a tree/s or native vegetation:
  • leaf drop into gutters, downpipes, pools, lawn areas, etc;
  • to increase natural light, where it is the sole consideration;
  • to improve street lighting into private property;
  • to enhance views or reduce the height of trees;
  • to reduce shade created by a tree/s - particularly species such as Ficus orAraucaria;
  • to reduce fruit, resin or bird droppings falling onto driveways and/or cars;
  • minor lifting of driveways, front fences, paths and footpaths by tree roots;
  • to erect a fence;
  • bushfire hazard control, which has not been verified by Council; or
  • potential damage to sewer mains or stormwater pipes, unless supported by written expert advice and only where reasonable alternatives are not feasible (e.g. relocation or encasement of mains and replacement of damaged pipes in PVC plastic).

Suburbs covered in RANDWICK CITY Council

  • Chifley
  • Clovelly
  • Coogee
  • Kensington
  • Kingsford
  • La Perouse
  • Little Bay
  • Malabar
  • Maroubra
  • Matraville
  • Phillip Bay
  • Randwick
  • South Coogee

Tree Preservation Order Exempt Species for RANDWICK 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.

  • African Olive - Olea europea var. africana
  • Cocos palm - Syagrus romanzoffianum
  • Coral tree - Erythrina species
  • Cotoneaster - Cotoneaster species
  • Ochna - Ochna serrulata
  • Oleander - Nerium oleander
  • Privet - Ligustrum species
  • Rubber tree - Ficus elastica
  • Tree of Heaven - Ailanthus altissima
  • Umbrella tree - Schefflera actinophylla
A comprehensive desctiption of these species is available here.

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