Height and width restrictions
Vegetation must be kept clear of the footpath and road so it doesn’t restrict access or visibility for pedestrians or motorists. These restrictions apply to both Council pruning practices and property owners' plants.
- All vegetation, whether on road reserve or private property, must be kept in line with the wall, fence, or back of the path, and 2.5 metres above the footpath.
- All vegetation, whether on road reserve or private property, must be kept 0.5 metres from the edge of the road and 4.5 metres above the road.
Vegetation growing over fences and property lines
Vegetation growing from private land – for example, over or through fences – is the owner’s responsibility. Height and width restrictions apply for all vegetation growing from private land onto public land.
In some cases, the Council may have to prune or remove growth from private land if we receive complaints about the overgrowth.
If you own a garage, car pad, or other encroachment on Council land, you are required to keep the general area around the encroachment tidy. Work on any trees on an encroachment over 2 metres tall requires Council approval.
Bank stability or slips
If a bank on a road reserve is unstable or has slipped, we will investigate and carry out work to stabilise the area.
If the bank has become unstable or has slipped as a result of your actions (a building project, faulty drains, removal of vegetation) you may have to pay for the investigation or stabilisation work needed.