Request to Remove Trees
You must obtain Council's written permission to undertake a restricted act (prune, remove and soil works) on and around trees over 5 metres (approx 16 feet) in height. There are also restrictions which affect trees with a diameter exceeding 200mm (approx. 8 inches). See Marrickville Development Control Plan 2011 - Section 2.20: Tree Management for details.
There are some exceptions, however; the following trees do not require Council permission:
- Rubber tree (Ficus elastica)
- Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
- Privets (Ligustrum species)
- Umbrella trees (Schefflera actinophylla)
- Rhus tree (Toxicodendron succedaneum)
- Tree Of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
- Mulberry (Morus species)
- Cocos Palm (Syagrus romanzoffianum)
Arranging an inspection
To arrange an inspection on your tree you need to forward a written application and pay an administration fee. You can find an application form (and a credit card payment form to attach with your application) on our Frequently Used Forms page:
If you are seeking permission to prune or remove neighbours' trees, Council can only accept the written application from the owner (or managing agent) of the land on which the tree is located.
To arrange for work on a Council Street Tree or Park tree, please contact Citizens' Service Centre on 9335 2222 with details of your request.
Mediating with a neighbour
If you are having difficulty in communicating with your neighbour on this issue because of earlier conflict, the Community Justice Centre may provide you with free mediation. Visit the Trees and Neighbours page for more information.
Contacting an Arborist
Council does not undertake the pruning or removal of trees on private property. This work is best undertaken by a qualified arborist. For more details on consulting arborists and tree contractors, please contact the following associations:
- Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturalists
Tel / Fax 1300 853 288
PO Box 1302, Parramatta NSW 2124
- Arboriculture Australia
Tel: 1300 664 374
Fax: 1300 794 825
PO Box 76, Edwardstown SA 5039