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Working on or around protected trees
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 to either Auckland Unitary Plan or the Auckland Council District Plan (HGI section)
- 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 prune or undertake works within the protected root zone of notable trees
You can prune or undertake works within the protected root zone of notable (scheduled) trees without incurring a (deposit or charge) fixed fee. If the works are not within the protected root zone, you will need to apply for a resource consent.
Email your completed application form and supporting documents to one of the Regulatory Support teams to lodge this resource consent:
|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.||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|