This page contains information about Northern Beaches tree removal and pruning. If you live in another Sydney region, or want general information about tree removal services, please refer see our Tree Removal and Pruning Guide.
At a glance:
Until recently the Northern Beaches region consisted of Manly, Warringah and Pittwater councils. These were amalgamated in 2016 to form the Northern Beaches council.
Here is a list of all the Northern Beaches suburbs:
|Allambie Heights||Curl Curl||Narrabeen|
|Balgowlah Heights||Dee Why||Narraweena|
|Bayview||Elanora Heights||North Balgowlah|
|Beacon Hill||Elvina Bay||North Curl Curl|
|Bilgola Plateau||Frenchs Forest||Palm Beach|
|Church Point||Great Mackerel Beach||Scotland Island|
|Clontarf||Killarney Heights||Terrey Hills|
|Coasters Retreat||Lovett Bay||Warriewood|
|Collaroy Plateau||Manly Vale||Whale Beach|
|Cottage Point||Mona Vale|
Under the SEPP regulations the Northern Beaches Council can declare what circumstances require a tree removal and pruning permit. This may include:
There are heavy penalties for intentionally damaging, poisoning, pruning, cutting, ringbarking or removing a protected tree.
On the spot fines of $3,000, and up to $1.1million if the case goes to The Land and Environment Court of NSW.
Northern Beaches Council offers rewards of up $10,000 for information about tree vandalism that leads to successful prosecution.
Don’t take the risk. Work with a professional tree service company who can help you understand the restrictions and guide you through your permit requirements.
If you need a council permit, you can download a PDF form or complete the application online. Before you begin check to see if your tree is on the exempt tree species list. You will also need to complete a site plan with details and owners consent.
There are two costs when removing a tree. (1) The cost for a council tree removal permit, and (2) the cost to remove the tree.
The Northern Beaches council charge a $168 non-refundable application fee. This includes the first tree, with an extra $48 for each additional tree. You can also request an onsite appointment with the Council Officer. This appointment is optional and carries an additional fee of $93.
Once approved, the cost to remove a small tree starts from $400. If you want a tree removal price estimate, complete our online price estimate or contact us for a quote.
Your application may also require an independent AQF Level 5 Arborist report when:
You do not need a council permit if you tree meets the following criteria:
You can also prune and clear vegetation for the following reasons:
Not sure what tree species you have, or if you need a council permit? We can help.
Call and speak to a member of our team. We may be able to tell answer your question over the phone. Or alternatively, we can book a site inspection and quote. Where we will identify your tree, advise you if your tree is on the exempt list, and tell you all the steps you need to complete to get started.