What Trees Require a Council Permit Prior to Removal?
Tree removal Brisbane is a particularly governed matter. If you want to have some trees removed from your property and are looking for someone to take care of that for you, or even if you want to remove them yourself, you’ll need to make sure that they are not Protected Significant Landscape Trees. There are several types of trees that require a permit from the Brisbane City Council before they can be cleared from your property; if you live in an “emerging community”, this is something you’ll need to be familiar with. Emerging communities are the only ones affected by this, not the entire city of Brisbane as a whole.
The different species of trees protected by the local law are those that are considered a part of Brisbane’s ‘unique landscape character’ and as such require a permit before removal. Tree lopping Brisbane companies will require a permit before they will undertake the removal of any of the trees on the list, which includes the ficus-benjamina, obliqua, platypoda, microcarpa, var. hillii, bengaliensis, macrophylla, religiosa, virens and watkinsiana species of the Fig tree. If any of these species of fig tree has grown to 100 cm in trunk diameter, when measured from a point of 1 metre above ground level, it requires a permit for removal.
Other common Brisbane trees are the Mango (species mangifera indica), Poinciana (species delonix regia), Jacaranda (species jacaranda mimosifolia), Hoop pine (species araucaria cunninghamii), Bunya pine (species araucaria bidwillii), Queensland Kauri pine (species agathis robusta), Queensland blue gum or Forest red gum (species eucalyptus tereticonis), Tallow wood (species eucalyptus microcorys), and Scribbly gum (species eucalyptus racemosa). Of these, the Mango, Poinciana and Jacaranda require permits once they’ve reached 80 cm in diameter, and the pines, eucalyptus and gum trees require them once they’ve grown to 60 cm in diameter.
Of course, tree removal Brisbane companies don’t only remove trees from the property; they also prune and trim per clients’ requests. However, this local law also prohibits the pruning, trimming or any other work involving these trees without a permit from the Brisbane city council. So, if you’re looking to buy a property with any of these protected trees on it, or if you already own one with one or more trees, make sure you obtain permits from the council before hiring anyone to trim, prune or remove them. They are a beautiful part of the unique Brisbane landscape, and in emerging communities are fiercely protected.