Working on or around protected trees
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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 qualified arborist.
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.