There are exemptions that can be applied if a tree appears to be dangerous. These are:
- The tree is considered of high risk/imminent danger and certified by a level 5 qualified arborist.
- The tree is dead or dying and not required as the habitat for native animals.
removal, it will need to be certified by a Level 5 qualified arborist and evidence in the form of a photograph or report must be provided to Council.
will need to obtain written confirmation from the arborist that clearly states
qualifications (AQF Level 5 Arborist or equivalent), that the tree(s) is
declared an imminent danger and high risk to life and property, and that
immediate removal of the tree(s) is recommended. This report must be provided to Council before removal.
Risks that are imminently dangerous include:
- Evidence of soil heave or cracking.
- Loss of structural roots or root decay.
- Storm damage.
- Structural defects, such as splitting branches or trunk.
If it is found that the tree does not pose an immediate hazard you will have to apply for a permit by completing the Application for Tree Removal or Pruning Form that can be accessed on our Forms A - Z page.
If Council is not satisfied that the tree was presenting an imminent risk and it is removed without a permit, fines may be issued and legal action may be pursued.