Trees on your property – pruning and removing

Please select the suburb you live to see how you can remove and prune trees on your property.

Inner West Council - Ashfield

Use the Application to Prune/Remove Trees on Private Land form (PDF 679.8KB) if you need approval to remove a tree.

Inner West Council - Leichhardt

The following relates to tree removals that require approvals. You can check Tree Works That Don’t Need Approval here.

You can apply to remove a tree in three ways:

1. Minor Works Request

The removal of a dying or dead tree or a tree that is a risk to human life or property may be carried out in the following circumstances:

  1. The tree is located on the applicant’s property;
  2. The dead or dying tree is not required as the habitat of native fauna;
  3. The minor works form is accompanied by evidence including photographs, a report from a suitably qualified arborist (minimum qualification AQF level 3 Arboriculture) and any other necessary expert that the tree is dead or dying; removal of the tree is the only reasonable option to avoid an immediate threat of injury to human life or property; and
  4. Council has notified the applicant that it is satisfied that the tree is dying, dead, not required as the habitat for native fauna or is a risk to human life or property.

Canopy pruning of a prescribed tree other than a tree that is or forms part of a Heritage Item or is within a Heritage Conservation Area, may be carried out not less than 5 working days after the lodgement of a minor works form in the following circumstances:

  1. The tree is growing on the applicants’ property; and
  2. It is proposed to prune more than 10% but less than 20% of the canopy; and
  3. All pruning will comply with AS 4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees; and
  4. The pruning will be undertaken by a suitably qualified person (minimum qualification AQF level 3 Arboriculture); and
  5. Canopy pruning of the tree has not been undertaken within the previous 24 months

Use the Tree Minor Works Permit Application for the cases above.

2. Tree Permit Application

Tree permit applications are required for tree removals (other than Exempt Tree Species on a heritage listed property).

Tree permit applications are also required for pruning less than 10% of the canopy of a tree located within the grounds of a property listed as an Item of Environmental Heritage under Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan 2013.

Use the Application to Prune/Remove Trees on Private Land form (PDF 679.8KB) for these cases above.

3. Development Application

For trees located within Heritage Conservation Areas or within the grounds of a property listed as an Item of Environmental Heritage under Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan 2013 removal is permissible where the tree is dead or dying or subject to a "Minor Works Request".

All other works such as tree removal or canopy pruning >10% of canopy (in excess of minor works) require the submission of a development application.

Find out how to Make a Development Application

Inner West Council – Marrickville

The following relates to tree removals that require approvals. You can check Tree Works That Don’t Need Approval here.

You can apply to remove a tree in two ways:

1. Tree Works Permit application

Tree permit applications are required for when the property is not a heritage item or located in a Heritage Conservation Area (HCA).

Use the Application to Prune/Remove Trees on Private Land form (PDF 679.8KB) for these cases.

Council may require an arborist report to assist in making a determination.

2. Development Application

If the tree on your property is a heritage item or located in a Heritage Conservation Area (HCA):

Once your application is received a council officer will contact you to arrange a site inspection.

Council will require an arborist report with any development application for removal. Council’s minimum requirements for the different types of arborist reports are provided in Appendix 1 of Section 2.20 of the Marrickville Development Control Plan 2011 (MDCP).

If you are seeking permission to prune or remove a neighbour's tree, Council will not process any application without the appropriate owner's consent.

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