Working on or around protected trees
Ko te mahi i waenga ake, horapa noa rānei i te rākau rāhui
Get a resource consent to work on or around protected trees
You should know
If a tree is protected through district plan rules, you will need to apply for a resource consent
to cut it down, work around it, trim or prune it, as the work may destroy it or cause irreparable damage to it.
If you do not obtain a consent, we may fine you up to $250,000, under the Resource Management Act, for the works near a protected tree, like:
- construction (including decks, fences and retaining walls)
- depositing material
- storing material beneath branches and around roots, and other.
Get an arborist's report for extensive works
If the works you are proposing are extensive and you need a resource consent, you may also need an arborist's report written by a
The arborist report should include at the minimum:
- the infringements Auckland Unitary Plan
- any existing cleared area on site in square meters
- any proposed vegetation clearance levels in square meters
- all affected proposed vegetation identified and located on a tree site plan (in bush sites include bush lines and plot canopy species)
- Outline of proposal and construction methodology, including machinery use and access
- Arboricultural assessment on these works (effects on vegetation)
- suggested tree protection methodologies
- (Kauri Dieback) measures
- proposed replanting and maintenance schedule
- weed control.
If you would like to carry out works to or around protected trees, you may also need documents like, an ecological and/or landscape report.
Get professional advice
If you are planning to work on or around protected trees, visit the New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZ Arb) for advice on engaging a professional.
|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|
|Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on council property||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/check-you-can-chop-prune-trim-tree-council-property.aspx||Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on council property||Check if your tree is growing on public land and what happens if you want to trim or remove a council owned tree, or you need to apply for tree owner approval.||aspx|
|Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on neighbouring properties ||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/check-you-can-chop-prune-trim-tree-neighbouring-properties.aspx||Check if you can chop, prune or trim a tree on neighbouring properties ||What you need to know and do before working on, around or underneath your neighbour's tree.||aspx|
|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|
|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 by phoning or emailing us.||aspx|
|What to do if your tree is dangerous and requires urgent removal or trimming away from the road||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/working-on-around-trees/Pages/what-you-need-tree-dangerous-requires-urgent-removal.aspx||What to do if your tree is dangerous and requires urgent removal or trimming away from the road||Check what you need to do if your tree is dangerous and needs urgent removal. In case it is protected, you will need an arborist's written advice. ||aspx|