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Tree Applications and Fees

Council has been advised that due to a serious incident involving an Ausgrid employee working close to live power lines, all work involving live power lines, including street lighting, tree trimming and removal, has been suspended. Council is currently unable to progress such requests until the relevant authorities advise that work can resume. At this stage there is no indicative timeline for when this will occur. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Tree Applications

If you are seeking permission to remove or prune a tree on your property fill out a Tree Management Application(PDF, 62KB) and submit the form to Council with the applicable fee. 

You can review a Tree Permit within three months of receiving your determination. Complete a Review Tree Management Application(PDF, 56KB) and then submit the form to Council with the applicable fee. 

For properties within or part of a Heritage Conservation Area or Heritage Item and you wish to apply for tree removal, you must complete a Development Application Form for tree removal on heritage properties(PDF, 55KB).   

Please note exemptions do not apply (including removing deadwood) for any Tree which:

  • is listed on the City of Ryde Significant Tree Register;
  • is located as part of a vulnerable, threatened or endangered ecological community;
  • is or forms part of a heritage item;
  • is within one of the five heritage conservation areas within the City of Ryde. 

To check if your property is exempt please contact Council's Customer Service on 9952 8222. 


Applications under the City of Ryde's Development Control Plan (DCP) 2014 Part 9.5 - Tree Preservation, incur an application fee. Current fees are as follows:

Residential (non strata)

  • $71.50 per tree, up to 2 trees
  • $143 for 2 trees
  • $179 for 3 trees
  • $23.50 per additional tree (more than 3) per property (on top of $179) 

Pensioner discount (Residential - Non Strata only)

  • Pensioners will receive up to 50% discount (pensioner ID required) 

Commercial and other (pensioner discount not available)

  • $142 per tree, up to 2 trees
  • $284 for 2 trees
  • $358 for 3 trees
  • $96 per additional tree (more than 3) on top of $358 per property

Review of Decision

  • $26.50 for Stage 1 Review (by an alternative Council officer)
  • $43 for Stage 2 Review (by Council's Internal Review Panel)
  • Pensioners will receive a 50% discount (pensioner ID required)

Additional Fees

  • Urgency Application* - $478 (for permit determination within 3 working days, in addition to the application fee)

*subject to availability

Last updated on 29 July 2019