Council is involved in a number of ways in regard to the management, maintenance and protection of trees. These are outlined below.
Trees which are located on the berm in the road reserve or on Council owned or administered land are Council assets. These trees are covered by the Vegetation and Tree Management Policy (73kb pdf).
If you have any issues relating to Council trees please contact us.
Trees on private property (other than Notable, Heritage and Significant groups of trees – see below) are not controlled by Council. This includes leaf drop and encroaching roots.
Council understands that the The New Zealand Law Society has produced a a pamphlet entitled ‘Over the fence… are your neighbours’ which discusses a range of issues regarding neighbour to neighbour issues. This information can be located at the following link:
The New Zealand Law Society
Trees protected/managed by way of resource consent
There are many trees or vegetated areas within the City, generally on private land, which have been required to be planted/protected by means of mitigation through a resource consent. These are specific to the property, and the consent conditions are required on the property file. There is a need to check when asked if a tree is protected (and it is noted a street tree or Notable, Heritage or Significant groups of trees) by way of resource consent. Do this by checking the electronic property file. If a tree is afforded protection by way of resource consent then a variation to that consent will be required before it can be removed.
The City Plan makes provision for the protection of trees under three categories:
Notable Trees (324kb pdf) (select the site number in the pdf to view stem assessments)
Heritage Trees (93kb pdf) Significant Groups of Trees (269kb pdf)
Please note that a tree may be identified as being under more than one category. To see whether a tree is identified in one or more of these categories you can view the relevant registers above.
If a tree appears in one of the registers above then it is protected. Most activities in relation to removal, modification to, or works beneath the drip line, of a protected tree will require resource consent approval. Please contact the Council to discuss your proposal in more detail.
Last Reviewed: 17/07/2018