In my front yard, there is a tree with spiky seeds (round), mostly the name of the tree is - Liquidambar. (Did some google to find out the name). The tree is around 2.5M tall with 4-5 branches. Of late, the spiky seeds are falling down and my kids are getting hurt with these seeds on the ground while playing.
Now, I want to get rid of this tree from my property by myself with a small tool from Bunnings.
My question is, do I need to send a request to Council for their approval for removing this tree or can I cut this as this looks like not a protected tree species in Australia?
Also, 1 ) Just worried, if the council doesn't approve to cut the tree?
2) And at the same time, if they find out that I had cut the tree without their approval, how much would be penalty? How do they prove that I had cut the tree and not someone else :)
Thank you everyone for the valuable details. Much appreciated.
After reading your comments, I am able to get the details from my local council.
Also my local council needs application fees of $125 to review any application for cutting trees.
Thanks and have a great weekend
Closing this post now.