Trees help add to Fairfield’s scenery and environment, they offer shade and privacy and they can help bring birds to the neighbourhood – but for some homeowners they can be pesky, dangerous and just plain messy.
If you have a tree on your property that you want to remove you can’t just cut it down. You need to obtain council permission first, and in some cases, such as if the tree is in contact with power lines, it is not safe to remove the tree yourself.
You risk facing huge fines if you remove trees without council permission, and it is definitely not worth the potential danger of doing it yourself when it isn’t safe to do so.
According to the Fairfield City Council website, local residents are prohibited from wilfully injuring, removing or destroying a tree without the prior approval of council.
As stated on the Council website –
- If you want to cut down or trim a tree first you need to get approval from Council. Permission will only be granted for the removal of trees if they are diseased, dead, dying, unhealthy and will become dangerous or if causing structural damage.
Does the Tree Preservation Order apply to all trees?
- Yes, the Tree Preservation Order applies to all trees over 4 metres tall in the City of Fairfield (excluding trees declared as noxious such as Rhus). You can be prosecuted if you damage or remove a tree without applying first to Council and penalties can be substantial. In February 2002 a local magistrate handed down a $4,000 fine for damaging just one tree.
If there is a tree on your property that you would like to remove, you need to first fill out an application form that can be found on the Fairfield City Council website. For further advice you may wish to get in contact with the Fairfield Council directly.