If any trees on public, Council-managed land are causing you concern or affecting your property please report the public tree and we’ll see what we can do. Once we’ve made an appropriate assessment, we may be able to prune or remove the offending trees. 

Work we can assess to do

Habitat Trees

For habitat trees, we’ll remove the minimum amount to make tree safe while still retaining habitat value, such as leaving a hollow stump for nesting birds

Root Pruning, Pruning Branches and Crowning

  • Crown-thinning for solar, pedestrian or vehicular access
  • Maintenance pruning to remove dead, diseased, dying, defective branches and for service lines
  • Selective pruning to remove branches causing conflict, such as building encroachment
  • Root pruning to reduce damage to built and natural structures
  • Pruning for vehicle sight lines, signage, and Roads and Maritime Services requirements.

Tree Removal

  • Removal of unsuitable or hazardous trees
  • Removal of trees in conflict with utilities and built structures where all engineering alternatives have been considered.

What we won’t consent to


  • Pruning of trees contrary to Australian Standards 4373
  • Pruning beyond what a particular species will tolerate, eg. figs pruned by more than 10% are predisposed to sunburn
  • Requests for topping of trees
  • Chemical controls unless absolutely necessary, such as termite control on nature strips.

Tree Removal

  • Removing healthy and stable trees
  • Removing trees for views, solar access, leaf, fruit or sap drop, bird or bat droppings, or damage to sewer pipes or built structures
  • Removing trees causing damage to minor structures such as footpaths, fences  and driveways
  • Removal of trees so you can comply with the criteria of compliant development.

We’ll do what we can to help

If trees on any public land are affecting you, please feel free to report the public tree . You can phone our Tree Management Team on 1300 434 434.

Trees Forms

Tree Removal and Pruning Application