Overhanging trees, hedges and other vegetation can be a real nuisance. When trees, hedges or other plants grow and start to overhang a footpath or road from private property, there can be safety and accessibility issues for people.
We need to make sure our footpaths and roads are safe and can be easily used by everyone, including the kids on scooters, the sight-impaired, those with disabilities, and of course the postie.
What are the rules?
Trees and vegetation on private property must be kept clear of footpaths and roads in accordance with the following guidelines:
- If the footpath is next to a private property boundary, all vegetation should be trimmed back to the boundary (including hedges) so the entire footpath width is clear of vegetation.
- A clear space of 2.5 metres above the footpath, berm or walkway is required.
- A clear space of 4.5 metres above the road to allow truck or bus clearance is required.
- Where there is only a grass berm, clearance of overhanging vegetation is required to allow safe access for users.
See the diagram at the bottom of this page.
Does overhanging vegetation affect your use of footpaths or roads?
If you notice trees or vegetation are affecting your safe use of footpaths or roads, please contact SDC on
06 765 6099, email StratfordDC@stratford.govt.nz or make a report using the free Antenno App.