Do I need resource consent to prune or remove my tree?

With the councils latest rule changes it is best to call (09) 301 0101 they will let you know what rules apply to your property, you also need to check your properties ‘certificate of title’ to find out wether any previous consents issued have conditions applied to that tree (this is usually when some kind of mitigation has taken place e.g. sub-division, other trees removed etc..)

We are happy to help with filling out and submitting resource consent applications

This link may also help to answer any queries http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/ratesbuildingproperty/ResourceConsents/Types/Pages/Treeconsent.aspx

Who is responsible for pruning/removing trees over boundaries?

Obviously the best course of action where possible is to discuss your concerns with your neighbor, if your neighbor has a tree overhanging your property you are allowed to prune what’s on your side and no more (council rules still apply) although certainly not recommended you are also within your rights to dispose of the debris back onto your neighbors property (as long as it doesn’t cause damage or create a hazard)

Is my tree safe?

While it is impossible for an arborist to say a tree is safe, it is possible to identify and evaluate whether a tree is hazardous, if any of the following are present it is recommended that you get an arborist’s opinion;

  • Dead/diseased or rubbing branches
  • Broken or hanging branches
  • Large wounds or cavities
  • Dieback of any kind (often caused by development affecting the root system)
  • Anything else that seems abnormal

How far do my roots extend from the tree and can I cut them?

This depends upon the species and topography etc. However as a rule of thumb the roots spread out as far as the tree is tall, the supporting roots are close to the trees base (these are deep) then shallow feeder roots spread to supply water an nutrients to the tree, upsetting these is detrimental to the trees health and may often cause dieback in the canopy, if you are planning to cut large roots close to the tree it is recommended that you have an arborist evaluate the situation, often buildings or landscaping can be worked around without cutting roots, if it is the only option then the cut should be as clean as possible reducing chance of rot or infection spreading.

Why use a qualified experienced arborist?

A professional tree doctor is able to understand what a customer wants to achieve and provide solutions to meet these needs while taking into consideration what’s best for the tree, e.g. timing and methods of pruning. They are also able to determine the best method to make the job safe without damaging property.