Trees

Council is committed to minimising tree loss in Liverpool. Trees benefit our environment by:

  • 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.


Get involved

Council is seeking people interested in becoming involved in community projects to help restore the environment. Get involved in tree planting days, creek and bushland restoration.

Find out more: 9821 7788.


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 can be made here.

A non-refundable 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 Liverpool.

The administration fees will be waived for applicants who have a Pension Card or Health Care Card. 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.

Fees

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

Number of trees to be removed

Administration fee

Tree Assessment fee

Total fee

1

$42.00

$16.40

$58.40

2

$42.00

$32.80

$74.80

3

$42.00

$49.20

$91.20

4

$42.00

$65.60

$107.60

5

$42.00

$82.00

$124.00

6

$42.00

$98.40

$140.40

7

$42.00

$114.80

$156.80

8

$42.00

$131.20

$173.20

9

$42.00

$147.60

$189.60

10

$42.00

$164.00

$206.00

Each additional tree removed will incur a fee of $16.40.


Trees on Council property

All requests to prune or remove trees that are located on footpaths or within parks and reserves should be directed to the Customer Call Centre 1300 362 170.


Exempt trees 

Approval is not required to remove the following trees:

Name

Species

Willow

Salix species

Poplar

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


Disputes 

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

Council recommends that you seek independent legal advice through the South West Sydney Legal Centre or the Legal Aid Commission.


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 one 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.

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.