Think Before You Cut: New Zealand Tree Cutting Policies

Tree Cutting in New Zealand

Chopping off a tree in New Zealand is not as easy as painting your backyard fence. The tree might be included in your property but that it doesn’t mean you can chop it down. Chopping down a tree without proper permits can get you into trouble with the government.

Experts from Tree Fellers note that some trees in Tauranga are protected by law and would take a couple of clearances before a tree removal procedure can be done.

Things to Know About Tree Protection Laws

Some trees are protected under different New Zealand provisions and laws, due to their type (i.e. endangered), height or age, among others. Generally, the local council is responsible for trees in your area. Depending on the district you’re at, simple pruning or trimming of branches are allowed even without permits, provided the trimmed parts are done at a certain length. However, there are a number of special cases where special protection and actions should be done.

In order to know whether that tree in front of your house is among them, keeping in touch with your local council is the best option.

How to Manage Problematic Trees

Managing problematic trees, be it your neighbour’s, yours or the community’s, requires legal approval from the district office. That is why the first step in handling trees is to know its species, then the policies surrounding it. Once you are aware of the policies and limitation of cutting or managing such species, calling tree removal servicing companies would be the next step.

Having a legal permission to cut, prune and even just trim trees is important. Homeowners and big companies alike get sued and were asked to pay for fines for wrongfully cutting down a protected tree without the council’s permit.

Avoid such penalties and hassle. Contact your local council now and together have a plan on how tree/s in your area can be legally and properly managed.