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Private trees overhanging public space

Overhanging trees

Branches overhanging a footpath can potentially cause an obstruction, preventing pedestrians a clear passageway. 

Property owners are responsible for trees within their property boundary and should ensure overhanging branches are pruned back from the footpath to avoid injury and obstructions to pedestrians. 

If you rent or own a home or business in the Wingecarribee Shire, you are responsible for ensuring that any footpaths that adjoin your property are free from obstructions to pedestrians and traffic.

Footpaths are important and are used for safe passage by pedestrians. 

Tree in face

Overhanging branches create unsafe situations and can cause traffic hazards. 

Removing obstructions ensures the path is clear for all users including people with specific access needs, such as prams and wheelchairs, the elderly and sight impaired, and will ensure safety for all pedestrians and traffic.

Obstructions include vegetation such as:

  • trees
  • shrubs
  • ground covering

Council asks residents to monitor vegetation on their property to ensure that branches are pruned back to the property line.

Where trees or shrubs from private property overhang a public walkway or carriageway and that tree is causing an obstruction, Council can contact the resident to request that they prune or remove the vegetation.

To request that Council investigate private trees or shrubs overhanging public space, or if you see overhanging branches from a Council owned tree, please either:

Further information about maintenance requests for Council managed trees.

Last Updated: April 3rd, 2019
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