Fee-Free Tree Works Permit

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Application Process

Even though your works may be considered Fee-Free, you are still required to request a Private Tree Works Inspection for any tree that has a trunk diameter of 150mm diameter or greater than 4 metres in height or has a canopy spread of 5m.

Please include the following images in your application:

  1. The overall tree from the ground to the tip
  2. A close-up of the bark
  3. A picture of the leaves and arrangement
  4. A picture of the fruit (if available)

Council’s Tree Preservation Officer will review the application and an inspection may be carried out if required. Should Council be able to identify the tree from the images provided, your application may be fast-tracked and can usually be approved within 1-2 weeks.

Fee-Free Tree Works

A Fee-Free Tree Works Permit is required in respect of any of the following exempt trees and/or acts:

  1. Any tree having a height not exceeding 4 metres a canopy spread less than 5m or trunk diameter not greater than 150mm (measured at 1 metre above the ground)
  2. Pruning of dead branches. Council encourages that such pruning works are undertaken by a qualified Arborist and in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards.
  3. Pruning of tree branches that are within 3 meters of electric powerlines (Street) as required by State Legislation and the pruning of branches with 0.5m of the service wire (Street to dwelling). Council encourages that such pruning works are undertaken by a qualified Arborist where necessary and in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards.
  4. Pruning or removal of any tree of a tree species that has been declared a noxious plant in the Lane Cove local government area under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
Fee Payable

Trees that are included on the Exempt Species List do not usually require payment of a fee.

If the application does not meet the relevant criteria, you will be notified and will need to pay the relevant fee should you wish to proceed with your application.


Fee Free (Exempt) Species with Height Restrictions


Common Name Botanical Name Height Restrictions
Box Elder

Acer negundo

Less than 6 metres

Evergreen Alder

Alnus acuminata

Less than 10 metres

Camphor Laurel

Cinnamomum camphora

Less than 10 metres

Silky Oak

Grevillea robusta

Less than 6 metres


Jacaranda mimosifolia

Less than 6 metres

Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

Less than 6 metres


Liquidambar styraciflua

Less than 10 metres

Phoenix Palm

Phoenix species

Less than 6 meters


 Fee Free (Exempt) Species with no Height Restrictions

Common Name Botanical Name
Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima
Bamboo Bambusa species
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster species
Hackberry Celtis sinensis 
Hackberry Celtis australis 

Exotic Fruit (e.g. Citrus FruitPeaches and PlumsLoquat)

Citrus, Prunus, Eriobotrya japonica
Coral Tree

Erythrina species

Rubber Tree Ficus elastica
Norfolk Island Hibiscus Lagunaria patersonia
Privets Ligustrum species 
Mulberry Morus species 
Bananas Musa species 
Oleander Nerium oleander 
African Olive Olea africana 
Lombardy Poplar Populus nigra Italica 
China Doll Radermachera sinica 
Umbrella Tree Schefflera actinophylla 
Giant Bird of Paradise Strelitzia nicolai 
Cocos Palm Syagrus romanzoffianum 

Toxicodendrum succedaneum

Leighton Green & Cultivars X Cupressosyparis leylandii 
Willow  Salix species