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What to do if your tree is dangerous and requires urgent removal or trimming away from the road
When you can remove a tree without a resource consent
You can remove a tree without a resource consent if the tree:
- falls on a house
- has just fallen or split, or
- may cause an injury.
What happens if your tree is near a road or public land
We can issue a notice ordering you to trim or remove the tree, especially if it is:
- damaging a road, drains or other public amenities
- obstructs traffic or the view of the road traffic.
How to challenge the notice
If you want to challenge the notice, you can apply to the district court to have the notice set aside.
You will have 10 days to do this.
If you ignore the notice, we can enter your property and carry out the work. You will have to pay for this work and we may issue you a fine.
What you need to urgently remove a protected tree
You will need written advice from a professional arborist.
The advice will need to state:
- why the tree needs urgent removal
- description of the condition of the tree.
You also need to provide photographs showing the urgency.
New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) website for advice on engaging a professional.
What happens next
Bring or send us any relevant documentation within seven days so that we can update our records.
At one of our service centres
. Choose the one nearest to the address of your property.
Private Bag 92300
|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||Resource consents|
|Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on your property||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/check-you-can-chop-prune-trim-tree-on-property.aspx||Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on your property||Check if your tree is notable, in Significant Ecological Area (SEA), protected by the condition on a past resource consent or by the covenant or a consent notice on a Record of Title. ||aspx||Building and consents
|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.||aspx||Building and consents|
|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||Resource consents|
|Maintenance requests for work on public trees||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/maintenance-requests-public-trees.aspx||Maintenance requests for work on public trees||We assess requests for public tree maintenance and carry out work when needed, such as removing a broken hanging branch. ||aspx||Environment consultation
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|Pruning or removing trees on public land||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/pruning-removing-trees-public-land.aspx||Pruning or removing trees on public land||Our arborists prune our trees to manage risk and maintain tree health and longevity. We monitor tree conditions in urban areas and prune only when needed.||aspx||Environment consultation
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