Trees Protected Under The District Plan
The Council holds, in its District Plan, a list of protected trees which it reviews periodically. These trees have special characteristics which are considered to be of value to the community beyond the site itself. These trees are held in an appendix to Section 12 of the District Plan.
Removing or Working with Protected Trees
Chapter 12 of the District Plan details what you can do with a protected tree without needing the consent from the Council.
If you want to remove a tree or have it removed from the List:
- You can wait for the District Plan review cycle and make a submission that the tree is not worth listing
- You can apply for a plan change to have the tree removed (although this can be a costly and time consuming process)
- You can apply for resource consent for permission to remove the tree.
In all of these situations you would have to prove that the tree has lost the values that it had when it was listed, that it has become so dangerous that it is a threat to lives or property or for some other strong reason. The costs for this fall on the applicant.
If you are only needing to trim or work near a protected tree, we suggest you speak to either the Planning Department or the Open Spaces Team here at the Council first. Sometimes you don't need consent to do works, and sometimes we can even help by doing it for you!