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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:

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.

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 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 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.