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.
Request for service
Please phone 03 441 0499 Queenstown or 03 443 0024 Wanaka for urgent requests for service