Trees and other vegetation overhanging the footpath, or obstructing views at intersections, can be dangerous and contribute to accidents. Council’s Local Law requires residents to trim trees and shrubs back to their property boundary and to have a minimum clearance of 2 metres under any tree overhanging a footpath. If a pedestrian has to move off the footpath to get past your house, or duck under branches, you may be in contravention of the Local Law.

Compulsory clearance work can be undertaken if property owners who do not carry out the necessary maintenance on their properties. In such an event, property owners may be liable for the costs associated with clearance work. Taking responsibility for maintaining your property is an important part of being a good neighbour and a good citizen.