If you need to remove a tree, you might not know that there are a lot of steps in the process.

It’s not just a matter of going into your yard with a shovel and digging it out by the roots – you need permission from all the relative authorities in order to go through with the removal of a tree.

Read on to find out more about needing council approval for tree removal, and why it’s important to seek this permission.

Why do I need council approval?

Each council has different rules for tree removal, but one thing is consistent throughout: you’ll need to get permission to remove a tree before you start.

It doesn’t matter whether the tree is on commercial, public or domestic property, you’ll need to discuss the tree’s removal with the council and get permission in writing before you remove it.

This is done after a check from a fully trained arborist on behalf of the council.

They will look over your application, examine the tree to get a better idea of its health, and then make their final decision on whether or not you’re granted permission.

What do I risk if I don’t have permission?

If you don’t seek permission to remove a tree on your property, you could find yourself on the receiving end of some significant financial penalties.

For example, you may be asked to pay to replant the tree, which could be combined with a non-compliance fine.

This combination of fines and fees can spiral up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, so being completely certain that you have permission to remove a tree could be a financial as well as an administrative decision.

Are there any trees I can remove without permission?

Whilst some Gold Coast trees are protected and need council approval for removal, there are a few cases where you can remove a tree without asking.

These include:

– Any tree within 3 metres of your house.
– Any tree within 1.5 metres of your fence or pool fence.
– Any tree that is smaller than 4m tall.
– Any pest species tree, including the Cocos Palm, Coral Tree, Umbrella Tree and more.

Even in these cases, it’s better to be safe than sorry and consult with an expert first to ensure that you don’t accidentally breach regulations and receive a fine.

Talk to our team at Summerland Tree Services

To start your tree removal application process, get in touch with the Summerland Tree Services team today.

We’ll be happy to assist you in your application to the council after examining your tree, and we can support you throughout the process if you are able to go ahead with the tree removal.

Give us a call today to find out more, and one of your friendly team will be happy to help with any queries you might have.