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The Most Common Tree Services In Sydney

Updated: Jun 13



Thankfully, Sydney is a leafy city. The proximity of nature to urban living is one of the things that makes it such a special place. However, it is this proximity to trees and homes that makes tree services Sydney so important. In order to ensure that the relationship between trees and dwellings remains symbiotic, a lot of management is required. As a property owner it is imperative that you build a trusted relationship with an arborist. Their services are invaluable for maximising the value of your property through tree management and protecting your dwelling from risks that certain trees may pose. An overview of some of the most common tree services Sydney include:

  • Dismantling or removal of trees. Depending on access, this will affect how this is carried out.

  • Tree stump removal. The recommended approach with this is stump grinding.

  • Pruning. This can vary dramatically in scale.

  • Land clearance. This is typically for development purposes. Once again, this can vary significantly in scale.

  • Emergency work. This is typically related to storm damage. 


The vast majority of work carried out as part of tree services Sydney is extremely high risk. As a result, it is paramount that you enlist a team of arborists who are trained in the equipment, techniques and safety required to complete the job effectively. If you are in any doubt as to the scale of your job, call Arbor to secure a quote, as they can advise on what will be the best approach to tackle your job. Whether it’s a full tree removal or just pruning, an arborist can advise on the legalities as well as the logistics required. Councils have strict laws relating to tree preservation and this even extends to pruning, as if it is not done correctly, trees can be permanently and irreparably damaged and this could also place you at legal and financial risk.


With a council permit, trees may be permitted to be removed if:

  • Your application to remove any significant trees is accompanied by a qualified arborist report. Arbor Co can assist with this process.

  • The tree or trees pose an immediate danger or risk to people or properties.

  • Engineering alternatives have been explored to avoid conflict with built structures, but there are no other options available.


Similarly, pruning may be permitted by council if:

  • The pruning is undertaken in accordance with Australian Standards and does not pose a detrimental health risk to the tree.

  • The pruning is maintenance based, focusing on removing dead, diseased or dying branches. 

  • Buildings have begun to encroach on growth, requiring the pruning of selected branches.

  • Roots have begun to threaten built or natural structures and may need to be pruned at a root level. 

  • Safety is threatened, such as branches potentially coming in contact with power lines, impairment of vehicle sight lines or RMS requirements are impacted. 


Cases where tree removal is unlikely to be permitted by council include:

  • Tree removal that is simply for Complying Development Certificates 

  • Tree work that does not include the signature of the owner or the agent on the application.

  • Healthy and stable trees being removed to improve views.

  • Improvement of solar access or to limit other natural impacts; like leaves, sap drip or bird and bat droppings.

  • Allergy related issues. This does include some caveats if medical certification can be provided.

  • Removal of trees for fences, footpaths or driveways. 

  • Removal of trees in bushland or understory vegetation. This requires a permit.

  • Anything outside of the criteria of the permit.


 With so many considerations to factor in, it is always best to incorporate the experts. So, whether your tree job appears to be large and complex or small and simple, don’t hesitate to call Arbor Co to provide a quote or advice on what will be best regarding your property and its trees.

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