Hills Council Tree Removal Sydney

Do you need a permit to cut down a tree in the Hills District?

This is the question many private land owners ask when soliciting our services.

The shire council is responding “yes”. The application is very simple to complete, and goes a long way to protecting our heritage. A permit is only required when you plan on pruning more than 10% of the overall canopy. Any trimming under this amount does not require approval from the Hills District Council.

As a full-service company, High Point Trees does everything we can to make your experience hassle-free. We work closely with the office to speed up the permit approval process. Call us for all Hills District tree services.

How to Apply

How to get a Hills District Council tree removal application:

  1. Get a Hills District Council Tree Removal Form
  2. Refer to the Fees and Prepare a Cheque or Money Order
  3. Fill It Out and Submit To the Following Address:

The Hills Shire Council
3 Columbia Court Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
P.O. Box 7064, Baulkham Hills BC 2153

Fees for Tree Removal Applications

Under the Hills District Tree and Bushland Management Plan, the application fee to remove each tree is $75. This cost is applicable for tree removal applications of up to 5 trees. Applicants who request to lop 6-10 trees will pay $107 for each.

Any additional trees over 10 in one application are $16 each. The full details can be found at the The Hills Shire Plan 2016/17. If paying by credit card, a 1% surcharge also applies.

Tree Removal in Hills District Without a Permit

High Point Trees always requests a permit in hand before we commence tree services.

Here’s why:

Cutting preserved trees without approval from the local government and NSW could subject you to fines of up to $1.1 million. The Hills shire council is working closely with residents to prevent the further spread of unlicensed landscaping.

What Trees Are Exempt?

Homeowners are free to cut less than 10% of trees each growing season without applying for an approval. You can also cut, prune, or lop the following without any repercussions:

  • Box Elder
  • Broad Leaved Privet
  • Cocos Palm
  • Evergreen Alder
  • False Acacia/Black Locust
  • Honey Locust
  • Indian Rubber Tree
  • Lombardy Poplar
  • Rhus Tree
  • Small Leaved Privet
  • Sweet Pittosporum
  • Umbrella Tree
  • Weeping Willow
  • Wild Olive

If you're unsure...

If you’re unsure what type of tree species you own, call High Point Trees to get an accurate ID. It’s also worth noting that in the event of a subpoena, misidentification is not considered a valid defense.

Storm Damage and Tree Removal

In cases where trees are damaged by storms and they pose an imminent threat, act fast by calling the council first at, 02 9843 0555  for an instant approval. Next, call High Point Trees for quick removal of damaged trees anywhere in the Hills District – we’re always on call.

Don’t Just Hire Anyone

When you need to get the job done right the first time, hire a professional tree remover. High Point Trees is here when you need us 24 hours a day, including during emergencies.