Council is committed to minimising tree loss in Liverpool. Trees benefits our environment in many ways, including:

  • Enhancing the streetscape
  • Reducing climatic extremes
  • Improve air quality
  • Provide habitat for native wildlife.

A flexible approach to assessing applications to remove or prune trees will ensure that trees of high aesthetic and environmental value are only removed when deemed necessary.

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For more information you can download a copy of the Tree Management in Liverpool Brochure.

Get Involved

Council is seeking people interested in becoming involved in community projects to help restore the environment. You can make a real difference to your local environment by becoming involved in tree planting days, creek and bushland restoration and the eradication of weeds, among other projects.

To find out how to become involved phone 9821 7788.

How to Apply for A Tree Removal PERMIT

Trees-LargeAnyone wishing to prune or remove a tree that is located on private property must first obtain approval from Council. Applications to prune or remove trees should be made on a private property form. This form is available for download.

An administration fee is payable at the time the application is lodged. An additional tree removal fee, per tree requested to be removed, is also payable.This tree removal fee will go toward Council's bush regeneration programs and the planting of native trees in the Liverpool local government area. Should an application to remove a tree be refused, no refunds will be payable.

Council will waive the administration fee for applicants who present their Pensioner Card or Health Care Card at the time of lodging the application. Please note that the tree removal fee is still payable.

Council considers a variety of issues when assessing applications for the removal or pruning of trees. These considerations are fully outlined in Council's Tree Management Policy. Download a copy of Council's Tree Management Policy Prohibition Statement.


The following table sets out how the fee will be applied:

Number of trees to be removed

Administration fee

Tree Assessment fee

Total fee









































Each additional tree removed will incur an additional fee of $16.40 per tree.

Removing or pruning a tree on Council property

All requests to prune or remove trees that are located on footpaths or within parks and reserve should be directed to the Customer Call Centre 1300 36 2170.

Trees exempt from the Tree Preservation Order

Approval is no longer required to remove the following trees

Common Name/s



Salix species


Poplar species

Cootamundra Wattle

Acacia baileyana

Coral Tree

Erithrina sykesii

Rubber Trees

Ficus elastica and hybrids

Golden Cypress

Cupressus macrocarpa "Brunniana"

Norfolk Island Hibiscus

Lagunaria petersonii

Large Leafed Privot

Ligustrum lucidum

Small Leafed Privot

Ligustrum sinevise

African Olive

Olea africana

Camphor Laurel

Cinnamomum camphora

Umbrella Tree

Schefflera actinophylla

Cocus Palm

Syagrus romanzoffiana

Rhus Tree

Toxicodendron succedaneum

Honey Locust

Gleditsea Triacanthos

Please note that ONLY the above species are exempt and if you are unsure of the species of tree, check before removal.

Trees disputes between neighbours

Council will not become involved in disputes between neighbours about trees.

Where disputes arise, it is recommended that independent legal advice be obtained. Free legal advice can be obtained through the South West Sydney Legal Centre on 9601 7777 or the Legal Aid Commission on 9601 1200.

Tree Management Policy Prohibition Statement

A person must not ring bark, cut down, top, lop, remove, injure or wilfully destroy any tree or other vegetation to which any such development control plan applies without a development consent or authorisation permit from Council.

A tree is defined as any perennial plant that has a:

  • Height greater than 3.5 metres; and/or
  • Canopy spread greater than 4 metres; and/or
  • Primary trunk diameter greater than 400 millimetres when measured 1 metre above existing ground level of the tree.

This clause does not apply to a tree or other vegetation that Council is satisfied is dead, dying or dangerous and is not required as the habitat of native fauna.

Note: Any dead trees that form a component of any species, populations or communities listed under the provisions of the Threatened Species Conservation Act (TSCA) 1995; or their habitats are not to be removed without gaining the necessary approvals under the act.