Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on your property
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Check if your tree is protected
If the tree you are planning to work on is protected, you may need a resource consent.
To find out if you need a resource consent to work on or around a tree:
Call us on 09 301 0101
There are several rules under which a tree on your property might be protected.
No class or species of tree has automatic protection, excluding the Hauraki Gulf islands where a number of vegetation rules apply.
Vegetation clearance on Hauraki Gulf islands
To find out if you need a resource consent to remove or alter vegetation on a Hauraki Gulf island, see the District Plan (Hauraki Gulf islands section) practice and guidance note - vegetation clearance (PDF 362KB)
Notable tree or tree in a Significant Ecological Area (SEA)
Unitary Plan (GIS) viewer to find out if your tree is notable or in a SEA (meaning the tree has an additional level of protection).
Enter your property address in the search and the 'Results' will display the 'Overlays' on the left-hand side.
Go to Unitary Plan viewer
You will need to apply for a resource consent if you want to remove more than 250 square meters of vegetation on rural zoned land.
Tree or vegetation near a body of water
Trees or vegetation (non-pest species) are likely to be protected if:
- on or near (within 20m) steep coastal cliffs - if the cliff is within 150m of the high tide mark
- on or near (within 20m) stream and river banks
- within or close to sensitive coastal or wetland areas.
If in doubt, check with us using the contact details above.
Tree protected by a condition on a past resource consent
Order a property file to find out if a tree is protected under a condition of a previously granted resource consent.
Tree protected by a covenant or a consent notice on a Record of Title
Order a Record of Title from the LINZ to find out if a tree is protected under a consent notice or a covenant on the property title.
|Apply for a resource consent to work on or around protected trees||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/apply-for-resource-consent-to-work-on-around-trees.aspx||Apply for a resource consent to work on or around protected trees||Apply for a resource consent to work around, on or under protected trees. If your works are extensive, you will also need an arborist's report.||aspx|
|Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on council property||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/check-you-can-chop-prune-trim-tree-council-property.aspx||Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on council property||Check if your tree is growing on public land and what happens if you want to trim or remove a council owned tree, or you need to apply for tree owner approval.||aspx|
|Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on neighbouring properties ||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/check-you-can-chop-prune-trim-tree-neighbouring-properties.aspx||Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on neighbouring properties ||What you need to know and do before working on, around or underneath your neighbour's tree.||aspx|
|Notable trees||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/what-is-notable-tree.aspx||Notable trees||Find out what a notable tree is, how they are evaluated and how you can nominate a tree to become notable. Check if a tree is notable by phoning or emailing us.||aspx|
|What to do if your tree is dangerous and requires urgent removal or trimming away from the road||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/what-you-need-tree-dangerous-requires-urgent-removal.aspx||What to do if your tree is dangerous and requires urgent removal or trimming away from the road||Check what you need to do if your tree is dangerous and needs urgent removal. In case it is protected, you will need an arborist's written advice. ||aspx|
|Working on or around protected trees||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/working-on-around-protected-trees.aspx||Working on or around protected trees||You will need to apply for a resource consent to cut down, work around, trim or prune it, as the work may destroy it or cause irreparable damage to it. ||aspx|