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 answer is yes. The application is very simple to complete, and it 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.
How to Apply
How to get a Hills District Council tree removal application:
Refer to the Fees and Prepare a Cheque or Money Order
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.
Cutting preserved trees without approval from the council could subject you to fines of up to $1.1 million.
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:
Broad Leaved Privet
False Acacia/Black Locust
Indian Rubber Tree
Small Leaved Privet
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,