Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on your property
Tirohia mēnā ka āhei tō turaki, kokoti, āta kutikuti noa rānei i ngā rākau i runga i tōu ake whenua
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:
There are several rules under which a tree on your property might be protected.
No class or species of tree has automatic protection.
Notable tree or tree in a Significant Ecological Area (SEA)
Unitary Plan (GIS) viewer to find out if your tree is
notable or in 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 Certificate of Title
Order a Certificate of Title from the LINZ to find out if a tree is protected under a consent notice or a covenant on the property title.