If your property is listed in the District Plan as having notable tree/s on it, there will be rules in place to protect the tree/s. A resource consent will not be required for emergency works and maintenance, however, if you wish to carry out any pruning work that will change the size or shape of the tree and result in a loss of height or canopy a resource consent will be needed. Additionally, any work that impacts the tree's health, including removal, or works within the tree root zone will also require resource consent.
The below table provides some typical examples of what works would require resource consent and what wouldn't. Noting some of these requirements are already in the District Plan.
|Non-emergency works to, removal of, or transplanting of a scheduled notable tree||Consent required|
|Pruning and maintenance of a notable tree that do not meet the standards||Consent required|
|Works and activities within the identified Protected Root Zone of any scheduled notable trees||Consent required|
|Emergency works to, or removal of, a scheduled Notable Tree that meet certain standards||No consent required|
|Minor pruning and maintenance of a scheduled notable tree that meet certain standards||No consent required|
|Non-mechanical earthworks, gardening or non-mechanical cultivation, non-mechanical digging of holes for fences within a minimum of 3m from the base of any notable tree in the Protected Root Zone||No consent required|
If you are unsure whether your work requires a resource consent under the current District Plan, you can always contact our Duty Planner for general planning guidance enquiries. Please contact the duty planner weekdays 8am – 4.45pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org