Council Approval – Do I Need It?
July 28, 2014 | Michael Spence
It’s Monday again… I don’t know where the time is going, we just seem to be speeding through 2014, everyone I speak to says the same thing.
We had a team meeting last Thursday, it’s always great to catch up with everyone together and have a chat about where we are and where we’re going. Koren and Jen don’t often have a chance to catch up with the crew so there’s always plenty to discuss and we managed to get a few group photos.
We then finished off the week with a work night out on Friday, we went to the Gold Coast Arts Centre comedy in the basement and had a meal followed by a few hours of stand-up comedy, it was a great night.
I’ve been asked a lot lately about council laws, and a lot of jobs I have looked at lately have required council approval. People often ask me if they really need to apply to council, the answer is always YES!
The assessors are fully trained arborists. They look at the application, assess the tree, and make a decision based on the health and well being of the tree, before putting the decision in writing. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if it’s for a residential or a commercial site, it’s not worth chancing it. Earlier in the year we had a call from the manager of a complex, they had their trees lopped without acquiring council approval. Council assessed the trees and after discussion with the body corporate, law enforcement, and development compliance department, they were let off with costs of about $30,000 to remove the poorly pruned trees and replant mature trees in their place.
Compared to the $960,000 non-compliance fine. Don’t risk it, call us first for a free assessment…