Northern Beaches Tree Removal and Pruning


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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:

Northern Beaches Council

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 HeightsCurl CurlNarrabeen
AvalonDavidsonNorth Narrabeen
Balgowlah HeightsDee WhyNarraweena
BalgowlahDuffys ForestNewport
BayviewElanora HeightsNorth Balgowlah
Beacon HillElvina BayNorth Curl Curl
BelroseFairlightNorth Manly
BilgolaForestvilleOxford Falls
Bilgola PlateauFrenchs ForestPalm Beach
Church PointGreat Mackerel BeachScotland Island
ClontarfKillarney HeightsTerrey Hills
Coasters RetreatLovett BayWarriewood
Collaroy PlateauManly ValeWhale Beach
CollaroyManlyWheeler Heights
Cottage PointMona Vale
CromerMorning Bay

Under the SEPP regulations the Northern Beaches Council can declare what circumstances require a tree removal and pruning permit. This may include:

  1. Species of vegetation
  2. Size of vegetation
  3. Location of vegetation
  4. The presence of vegetation in an ecological community or in the habitat of a threatened species.

Illegal Tree Removal

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.

Northern Beaches Permit Self-Assessment

Complete this short quiz to find out instantly if you need a tree work permit, or if you qualify for a permit exemption.

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Northern Beaches Tree Removal Permit

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.

Cost For Northern Beaches Tree Removal

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.

Northern Beaches Arborist Report

Your application may also require an independent AQF Level 5 Arborist report when:

Tree Removal Exemptions

You do not need a council permit if you tree meets the following criteria:

Northern Beaches Pruning and Clearing Vegetation Exemptions

You can also prune and clear vegetation for the following reasons:

Need Help? Book a Tree Removal Quote

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.