Oct 28, 2011
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Common Tree Removal Questions

We have justed added a Frequently Asked Questions page to our site.

Do all trees require a permit to remove?
Yes. Unless they appear on your council’s preservation order exemption list, are dead, or an immediate safety hazard.

What classifies as an immediate safety hazard?
An arborist can assess a tree and determine if it is an immediate danger. Trees damaged in a storm are often pruned or removed under this section of the local council Tree Preservation Order. If possible you still need to contact your local council prior to removal. You should always take a photo of the tree illustrating the imminent danger. The council can then be contacted in writing after the event.

What are reasons councils normally reject applications to remove trees?
Councils are displeased with the following arguments
• The tree is shedding leaves, fruit, bark, cones, or twigs.
• To improve the applicants views.
• There a fears about healthy trees falling.
• A tree is causing overshadowing.
• Minor lifting of driveways and paths by tree roots.

Can I prune a tree without obtaining a permit?
Dead branches can often be removed without approval as well as powerline clearance, you should always check your local tree preservation order to avoid any hefty fines.

Can you help us with our council application?
Yes. We can help you identify species, find and interpret your council’s preservation order.

How much will tree service cost?
It really depends on the type and size of tree, the service, and any special working conditions. If special machinery such as cherry pickers are required you can expect it to cost more.
• Tree pruning, removal, maintenance – quotes start from $250
• Stump removal – quotes start from $100
• Power line clearance, hazard reduction – quotes start from $250

Can I prune my neighbour’s tree?
You should check your local tree preservation order for guidelines on pruning neighbouring trees. Often you will require the neighbour’s signature on the tree pruning or removal application.

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