Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
Tree loppers do more than just remove trees. They also do tree pruning and pruning around power lines. They can remove dead or diseased branches and do more jobs related to trees. How much do tree loppers cost and what are the council regulations regarding tree pruning or tree removal?
The cost of tree pruning or tree removal depends on the tree that needs pruning or removal. Some costs for tree pruning may be:
Tree removal requires more work and some costs for tree removal may be:
Tree loppers won't leave branches or whole trees lying in a heap in your yard. The prices include removal and disposal of branches or trees and tree loppers will take every precaution to avoid damaging your property. They may even have to carefully lower branches to the ground to avoid damaging your property.Many tree loppers also do stump removal. Stump removal costs may be:
Stump removal involves using a grinding machine to remove the stump. It can be done fairly quickly and the stump is measured from the widest point.
You will have to get council permission for tree lopping and different states and councils have different regulations regarding tree lopping or tree removal. In general, councils use two criteria for tree pruning or tree removal. They are Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and Local Environment Plans (LEPs). Some trees are protected species and can only be cut down when they are diseased or pose a threat to a property. LEPs are decided upon be different councils, who may have different regulations from the state regulations.
These are some of the state regulations:
It is important to remember that different councils will have different regulations than the state regulations. If you want to have a tree removed, contact your local council and find out what the regulations are. You may need to be issued with a permit to remove a tree and will have to give a compelling reason why the tree must be removed. It could be diseased, dead, or the roots have broken sewerage pipes. A tree may also pose a danger to your property or a neighbouring property.
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A licence is not required in all Australian states for tree lopping. To find the regulations in your state, read Licensed Trades: Tree Removal. Since a licence is not required, you have to be careful when choosing a tree lopping service. They should have:
They should also be well established in your area and be able to give you references. Tree lopping can be dangerous work, both for the tree loppers and others. A good service will take every precaution to prevent accidents and will clean up the site after a tree is pruned or removed. Choose a tree lopping service that knows what it is doing and takes every precaution against accidents and mishaps.
Remember you can't have a tree cut down just because you want it to be cut down. Some reasons why a local council will allow you to cut down trees may be:
A tree lopping service can help you with getting council permission to cut down a tree. They can provide a report on the danger a tree poses; if it is a nuisance tree; if it stands near power lines; or if it is a fallen tree. They may have to provide photographic evidence to the council, but they know how to word documents for trees that must be removed.
Council rates for tree lopping or tree removal vary. Some councils in South Australia charge $75 which goes to an Urban Tree Fund. Other councils may charge more or less. Your local council can tell you how much the charge will be for getting a permit to cut down or prune a tree in your area.
Having a tree pruned or removed can be expensive, but it's not as expensive as having a dead or dying tree on your property that could pose a danger to your property or a neighbouring property. If a tree falls, you will be responsible for the cost of repairs and it could be thousands of dollars and you will have to get the fallen tree removed from your property or a neighbouring property. If a tree looks like it poses a danger, it's probably worth getting quotes from tree loppers. Rather than choosing the lowest quote, look into the tree loppers record in your area. If they have been in business for a long time and can provide you with references, they are probably a service you can rely upon.
*Costs and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.