Overhanging trees and bushes can be a real nuisance. This page explains the rules and how to go about having overhanging vegetation removed.
If the tree is planted on private property and is overhanging the street or footpath...
This is an enforcement issue. The Council can require the property owner to trim or remove the tree to minimise any obstruction to pedestrians or traffic.
What will the Council do? The Council will serve a notice to the property owner and this will give them a limited amount of time to have the tree trimmed before the Council carries out the work at the owners cost.
Property owners do have the right to apply to the Court to have the notice set aside, but must do so within ten days of receiving it.
If the tree is planted on Council property including roads and reserves...
This is the Council’s responsibility. All maintenance work is to be carried out by QLDC contractors and any work will be in line with the Council’s tree policy and District Plan requirements.
What will the Council do? The Council will put in a request for service to have the complaint assessed. If required, the council contractor will trim or remove the overhanging vegetation.
If the tree is planted on private property and is overhanging a neighbour’s property...
A dispute between residents over trees on private property is a civil matter and needs to be resolved between the parties concerned. The Council will not get involved in this type of matter.
How to make an enquiry: Contact Queenstown Citizens Advice on 03 442 6799 or Wanaka Community Networks 03 443 7799, or your lawyer.
Some tree removal on private property does require resource consent.
Consent is required for any tree removal or maintenance in the Arrowtown Historic Zone which is protected under the District Plan. Protected heritage trees also require a resource consent before any removal or maintenance is carried out, to see if a tree is protected please check our mapping system or contract our Parks Team.
Making a request to remove or trim a tree on Council land?
Requests must be made in writing to the Parks Team. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis and must be in line with the Council’s Tree Policy.
Recently QLDC carried out a survey of all the trees that are within fall distance of the district’s roads. This is in part due to previous tree falls having caused injury and property damage in the past. The survey was carried out using the internationally recognised Quantified Tree Risk Assessment process. This process identified 409 trees that could potentially pose a risk to the public across the district. The majority of these trees are on road reserve while the remainder are on private land.
Contractors will be removing any trees identified as potentially dangerous from the road reserve over the next 8 months, commencing 1 March 2017. They will also be working with private land owners to have those potentially dangerous trees that have been identified on private land removed at the same time.
QLDC have developed an interactive map which allows you to see where there are trees that have been identified as potentially dangerous. Click on the following link and either enter a street name or address in the search function to see if there are any potentially dangerous trees in your area - click here to see map
Request for service
Please phone 03 441 0499 Queenstown or 03 443 0024 Wanaka for urgent requests for service