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Plateau Tree Services work within the Newcastle area to provide tree services, tree management, residential and commercial tree services, aborists reporting, tree removals, tree pruning, stump grinding, tree management, vegetation management. See list of areas covered to the right.

Below is a brief overview of the Urban Forest Policy within Newcastle Council. Please note this page should be used as a guide only. For full details, visit the Newcastle Council Website.

Trees/plants not requiring Council’s consent for removal or pruning:

A tree may be removed from your property in some instances without the need for Council
approval, other circumstances require approval.
The following information supports Newcastle LEP 2012. Read clause 5.9 and 3.9AA in full before proceeding with tree removal as exempt development.
Trees that may be removed as exempt development meet the following criteria:
  • a noxious weed under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993; or
  • for a single trunk tree, the trunk must not be greater than 450mm in circumference at breast
    height (CBH) (see figure 2: Single and multi-trunk trees); or
  • for a multi trunk tree, none of the trunks can be greater than 300mm at CBH (see Figure 2:
    Single and multi-trunk trees); or
  • the tree (regardless of size) is located within 3 metres of the wall of the principal building
    (excluding carports, fences, retaining walls and the like, on the land on which the tree is
    situated or on adjacent land) when measured from the closest point of the trunk to the footing
    of the building (see Figure 3: Trees located within 3 metres of principle building).
For more detailed information visit the Newcastle Council Website for the Urban Forest Technical Manual

Suburbs covered in NEWCASTLE Council

  • Adamstown
  • Bar Beach
  • Beresfield and Tarro
  • Birmingham Garden
  • Black Hill
  • Broadmeadow

  • Callaghan
  • Carrington
  • Cooks Hill
  • Elermore Vale
  • Fletcher
  • Georgetown
  • Hamilton
  • Hexham
  • Islington
  • Jesmond
  • Kooragang Island
  • Kotara
  • Lambton
  • Lenaghan
  • Maryland
  • Mayfield
  • Merewether
  • Minmi
  • New Lambton
  • Newcastle (city centre)
  • Rankin Park
  • Sandgate
  • Shortland
  • Stockton
  • The Hill
  • The Junction
  • Tighes Hill
  • Wallsend
  • Warabrook
  • Waratah
  • Wickham
  • Maryville

Tree Preservation Order Exempt Species for Newcastle

The following species are exempt from the Tree Preservation Order. You do not require a permit to remove or prune these trees on your property.

  • Tree of Heaven - Alianthus altissima
  • Anchored water hyacinth Eichhornia azurea
  • Black knapweed Centaurea nigra
  • Broomrapes Orobanche spp. except the native O.cernua var. australiana and O. minor
  • Chinese violet Asystasia gangetica subsp. micrantha
  • East Indian hygrophila Hygrophila polysperma
  • Eurasian water milfoil Myriophyllum spicatum
  • Hawkweed Hieracium spp.
  • Horsetail Equisetum spp.
  • Hymenachne Hymenachne amplexicaulis
  • Karoo thorn Acacia karroo
  • Kochia Bassia scoparia syn. Kochia scoparia
  • Lagarosiphon Lagarosiphon major
  • Mexican feather grass Nassella tenuissima syn. Stipa tenuissima
  • Miconia Miconia spp.
  • Mimosa Mimosa pigra
  • Parthenium weed Parthenium hysterophorus
  • Pond apple Annona glabra
  • Prickly acacia Acacia nilotica
  • Rubbervine Cryptostegia grandiflora
  • Senegal tea plant Gymnocoronis spilanthoides
  • Siam weed Chromolaena odorata
  • Spotted knapweed Centaurea maculosa
  • Water caltrop Trapa spp.
  • Water lettuce Pistia stratiotes
  • Water soldier Stratiotes aloides
  • Witchweed Striga spp. except native species and
    S. parviflora
  • Yellow burrhead Limnocharis flava
  • Full list and noxious weed declaration here

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