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

​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

Email us.

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)

Use the 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.

Screenshot of GeoMaps Overlays in search results.

 

Go to Unitary Plan viewer

Our tip

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.

 

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