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Council cannot legally control tree planting on private property. If your neighbour's trees are causing, or are likely to cause damage to your property, we suggest you contact your neighbour and inform them of your concerns. If a tree permit is required, Council will only accept applications from neighbours provided they have the signed permission of the owner of the tree.
Disputes are matters between residents. You can contact the
Community Justice Centre (CJC) for an alternative to the court system by offering free mediation and conflict management services.
The Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006 allows the Land and Environment Court to hear tree disputes and achieve cost-effective resolutions between neighbours in urban areas.
Applications must be made in writing on forms available from the Land and Environment Court website. You can also read more information on your rights in this area.
More information can be found in the Tree Management Manual.