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Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on council property

Tirohia mēnā ka āhei tō turaki, kokoti, āta kutikuti noa i ngā rākau kei runga whenua kaunihera

Council-owned property includes libraries, community centres and halls, and car parks at community facilities.

​How to check if a tree is growing on public land

Use GeoMaps to check if the property is owned by the council.

You cannot do any work on public trees without permission from us.

Contact us to request permission.

What happens if your tree is near a road or public land

We can issue a notice ordering you to trim or remove the tree, especially if it is:

  • damaging a road, drains or other public amenities
  • obstructs traffic or the view of the road traffic.

Tree overhanging and obstructing footpath.

How to challenge the notice

If you want to challenge the notice, you can apply to the district court to have the notice set aside.

You will have 10 days to do this.

If you ignore the notice, we can enter your property and carry out the work.

You will have to pay for this work and we may issue you a fine.

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