This story was originally published in October 2015.
‘Check before you chop’ is still the best advice following changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) which sees the vast majority of trees on private ‘urban’ properties in the city no longer protected.
The law change, which came into effect on 4 September 2015, is a direct result of government amendments to the RMA.
Exceptions to this include:
- notable or ‘scheduled’ trees, which are listed in the district plans
- trees within reserves, any area subject to a conservation management plan or conservation management strategy
- trees within a Significant Ecological Area (SEA).
These trees will continue to be protected under the Unitary Plan.
Aucklanders are being urged to ‘Check before you chop’ and seek advice from the council before felling or damaging a protected tree, to avoid possible enforcement action.
There may be reasons why your trees are protected, even if you live within a built-up area.
Get more information about trees. If you are uncertain whether trees on your land are protected, please call the council on 09 301 0101 for assistance.