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Notable trees

​What is a notable tree?

A notable tree is a tree or group of trees that a community or nation regards as being of special importance because they:

  • commemorate important events in a nation’s history
  • are an exceptional or unique example of a species
  • are critical to the survival of other animal and plant species
  • are of such age, stature, character and visibility that they are regarded as the best in the district.

A notable tree has greater legal protection, meaning it:

  • can't be cut down or removed without us approving a resource consent
  • may be eligible for grants and other incentives.

In Auckland, notable trees are listed in the notable tree schedule in the:

  • Auckland Unitary Plan
  • Auckland Council District Plan — Hauraki Gulf Islands (HGI) section.

Check if a tree is notable

09 301 0101

enquiry@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Auckland Unitary Plan schedule 10: notable trees schedule (PDF 3MB)

Auckland Council District Plan - Hauraki Gulf Islands (HGI) section schedule of trees (PDF 7.2MB)

Adding a tree to the notable tree schedule

We identify potentially significant trees to include in the notable tree schedule through our own work.

A person or organisation can also nominate a tree to be evaluated.

We evaluate nominations to determine whether they meet the threshold of significance, as outlined in the guidelines for evaluating notable tree nominations.

Those that meet the threshold must go through a full plan change process under the Resource Management Act, which includes public submissions and a hearing, before they can be added to the schedule.

You should know

We are not currently initiating any plan changes to include new trees in the notable tree schedule. You can still complete and submit the nomination form, as we will make an initial appraisal and keep the nomination on file, in case this situation changes.

Guidelines for evaluating notable tree nominations

To find out the criteria for evaluating the importance of trees and their level of significance, see the Guidelines for nominating a notable tree for evaluation document.

You could ask your local board, botanical society or another community group to help you with the nomination, or to make it on your behalf.

​You cannot nominate pest plants listed in the Regional Pest Management Strategy.

How to nominate a notable tree for evaluation

 By email

​Read the guidelines document and complete the nomination form contained in it.

Email the completed form to the heritage unit at heritage@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

 By post

​Read the guidelines document and complete the nomination form contained in it.

Send the completed form and any supporting documents to:

Heritage Unit

       Auckland Council

       Private Bag 92300

       Victoria Street West

       Auckland 1142

 In person

​Read the guidelines document and complete the nomination form contained in it.

Bring the completed form and any supporting documents to the service centre nearest to the address of the nominated tree.

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