The location of the base of a tree or shrub defines who is responsible for maintaining it. Talk to your neighbour or report an obstruction or overhanging tree.

Council property

The Council is responsible for trimming vegetation overhanging any public access e.g. footpath, berm, park, reserve, waterway or road median strip. Residents can prune to their boundary line, in accordance with the Property Law ACT 1965, where offending vegetation is not a heritage and protected tree.

The Council has no jurisdiction over trees on private land except where road, footpaths, carriageways or public services are affected, or where trees involved are protected by the Council. Council property is maintained by contractors who have agreed maintenance schedules.

Report an obstruction online or contact us.


Private property

Under the Local Government Act, property owners are required to trim trees or shrubs obstructing a footpath, road, street sign or waterway. The Council will contact property owners about obstructions.  Property owners have a limited time to clear any obstruction before the Council will arrange for the work to be done and charged to the property owner.

Talk to your neighbour if their tree or shrub is causing issues. The Council will not act or give advice on behalf of one resident against another or mediate in disputes. 
For further information contact the Community Law Centre, a lawyer or the Citizens Advice Bureau.


Earthquake affected properties

LINZ are the crown entity who own and manage the land in the flat land residential red zone. Read about land management and maintenance in the residential red zone(external link).