Information on pruning trees

Trees located on the street verge are only to be pruned or removed by the City or its contractors. Watering of the tree is the responsibility of the owner.

Pruning is periodically undertaken by the City to ensure that trees located under overhead power lines are maintained to meet guidelines in accordance with Western Power requirements and their schedule.

Residents can contact the City to request an inspection or maintenance should they have concerns regarding the health, location or safety of a tree.

Please note: The City is not responsible for the maintenance of new estates. For queries contact the relevant developer.

Request for new trees

Property owners can request a tree to be planted on the verge next to their property by completing our online street tree request form or downloading the street tree request application form, however as tree stocks are limited, supply cannot be guaranteed.

Removal of street trees

The City does not support the removal of healthy, stable and viable trees and will not consider the removal of trees for reasons such as; to reduce leaf litter or to improve or create views. Upon receipt of a request for a tree removal form, City officers will inspect and consider removal in accordance with Councils policy for tree removal.

Street tree pruning

City of Mandurah street tree pruning schedule for 2020 will commence on Aug 3 and will continue until end of December 2020. To see when works will be happening in your area see the street tree pruning map

Submit a request for a street tree

Helpful documents

Street Tree Pruning Schedule (PDF - 486.7KB)
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Tree removal request assessment (PDF - 252.8KB)
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Trees along a footpath near a park

FAQs about trees

Shrubs are all plants less than 3m high. You can trim, prune or remove shrubs on your property. Keep in mind that dense shrubs are often home to small birds, so avoid pruning in peak breeding season so you don't disrupt their nests.
Trees are all plants more than 3m high. If your property is in a Tree Preservation Area, you need permission to prune, remove or otherwise alter trees.
If you are in a Tree Preservation Area you can't cut down any tree, regardless of species, over 3m without planning approval. This is the same for pruning trees in these areas.
Lopping does not make a tree safe, it makes them much more dangerous. Simply removing the ends of tall branches does not make these trees safer and in fact can make them more prone to future limb failure. Lopping of eucalypts encourages the development of epicormic growths which are more poorly attached and more likely to peel away and fall than those branches which form as the tree is allowed to develop naturally. This regrowth must then be trimmed every three to four years to prevent limb failure, significantly increasing the costs associated with tree maintenance. In some circumstances, trees which have been lopped or pruned poorly in the past are no longer able to be retained safely and are best removed. If you feel that a tree is unsafe or requires pruning, please consult a qualified arboriculturalist (not a tree lopping company) and ask them to recommend what works should be undertaken. If the tree is deemed unsafe or in need of remedial pruning, please contact the City’s Environmental Services Team, to determine if these works are exempt or require a planning approval before being undertaken.
Native trees do not only absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses and release oxygen, but one large tree can supply a day's supply of oxygen for four people, in addition to also providing food and habitat for our local wildlife. Many of these local wildlife depend on mature, hollow-bearing trees for their very survival. These trees can take many decades to form and cannot be replaced once cut down, hence the City’s collaboration with residents to keep as many of these invaluable tree assets as possible.