Reminder about overhanging vegetation

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The Stratford District Council received a lot of feedback from the Footpath Survey about the risk posed by overhanging vegetation.  

With the warmer weather upon us, now is a good time to consider your responsibilities as a property owner regarding overhanging vegetation.  


If your property borders a footpath or a road reserve, it is your responsibility to make sure any vegetation growing from your section doesn’t impede pedestrians or traffic. The relevant bylaw leaves it up to Council officers to determine what constitutes overhanging vegetation. This year we want to take the guess work out of it and provide the following advice.

There should be a 2.5m high clearance above footpaths and a 4.5m high clearance above the road. All low lying shrubbery growing onto the footpath must also be trimmed back to the boundary, well clear of the footpath.  Check out our helpful diagram here - it clearly shows these dimensions in relation to the footpath and road.  

“Annual inspections of footpaths will start in March, and we are asking property owners to check the vegetation at the front of their properties prior to this so we don’t have to start issuing notices. This is one of the outcomes from the Footpath Survey,” says Liam Dagg, Director Environmental Services.

If you have any questions please contact Council (06) 7656099 or visit our website