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Trees and Nature Strips

Tree removal from your property may be necessary because the tree overhangs onto a footpath or road, it overhangs to or from a neighbours' yard, or you wish to remove the tree for aesthetic or development reasons.

The Launceston City Council owns and maintains thousands of street and park trees throughout Launceston. There are 27,725 known trees in parks and along streets throughout the municipality.

Rural Tree Management Procedure (PDF 333KB)

Overhanging trees and bushes
It is the responsibility of property owners to ensure that vegetation from their land does not obstruct the footpath or road.
As a guide, all foliage and vegetation should be cut back to your boundary fences. A clear height above the footpath of 2.5 metres should be allowed, so that people may walk underneath with safety.
To meet Council guidelines, it may be necessary to remove a tree. Remember to contact Council for an aborist to inspect and make a recommendation before cutting, damaging or removing any trees on your land. If you want to remove a tree
  • Close to a house
  • Causing a fire risk
  • Causing a problem with drains
  • Diseased 
Trees across mutual boundaries
Council does not become involved with problems between neighbours, but trees and shrubbery that overhang mutual boundary fences may be cut off along side the boundary fence, so that they don't protude past the boundary line; and then placed back onto the property where the tree or shrub was growing from.
If you or your neighbour decide to remove a tree it may be necessary to apply to Council for permission with the Development Application.
Contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000

Property development
If you are removing a tree or trees as part of a development application you need to indicate the locations of the tree or trees on your plans. Council officers will decide whether the trees should be removed or not in their overall assessment of the development.

Protected trees
Some land titles have a tree protection order attached to them. This means you require written approval from Council before trees can be removed. Council requires a Development Application if you are in a special zone like Scenic Protection and Regional Significance.
Council has a Significant Tree Register and a Tree Preservation Order on trees and gardens that are listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register. These may apply to particular trees, or all the trees in a certain area or zone. These trees cannot be damaged or removed without a permit.
Contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000 to find out what the situation is in your area.

Clearing large numbers of trees
In general terms you are required under the Forest Practices Act 1985 to obtain a Forest Practices Plan:
  • If you are clearing more than 1 hectare of trees or 100 tonnes of timber for any purpose;
  • If those trees are over 5 metres high;
  • If tree ferns are being cleared; and
  • You are clearing 'vulnerable' land (land which is 800 metres above sea level, within 40 metres of a watercourse, has a slope of more than 26 degrees, is within 2km upstream of a water supply intake or is a habitat for threatened species).
Further information is available at the Forest Practices Authority website  
To find out more about tree removal, view our Tree Removal Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like to report any Council nature strip or tree that requires maintenance, you can call the Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000.
Tighten Your Load on the Road Fact Sheet (PDF 255KB)
Overhanging Trees Fact Sheet (PDF 281KB)