Neighbour's trees – pruning or removing

Council has no legal ability to control tree planting on private property, except where this is associated with a condition of development approval.

If your neighbour's trees are causing or likely to cause damage to your property, and your neighbour is uncooperative, you should seek advice from Community Justice Centre, a Chamber Magistrate, or alternatively your solicitor.

Community Justice Centre

Mediation service for disputes of a non-criminal nature.

Land and Environment Court

Information concerning tree disputes between neighbours.

Apply to prune or remove a tree on a neighbour’s property

If you would like to remove a neighbour’s tree, you must obtain permission from the owner of the tree prior to a request being made to Council for consent to remove a tree.

In the case of a strata titled property, consent of the body corporate must be obtained prior to making an application to Council.

You then use the relevant tree removal application on the Trees on Your Property – Pruning and Removing webpage.

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Page last updated: 15 Nov 2019