Tree safety notices

Have you received a safety, trim or emergency tree notice?

As outlined on the Trees and Power lines page, one of our approved contractors will issue you a notice to let you know what needs to happen.

Here is a breakdown of the most common notices:

Safety notice

If your tree is outside the Growth Limit Zone, but it presents a risk of damaging the power lines.

If you receive this notice, you must not attempt to maintain the tree yourself, as this will impose a major risk. Leave it to the professionals. Phone Waikato Tree Services on 0508 87 33 22.

Trim notice

If your tree is inside the Growth Limit Zone, you will receive a trim notice.

You may also receive further to the above notices:

Emergency notice

For safety reasons, we may need to perform emergency work to trim trees on your property if they pose an immediate danger to people, property or power lines.

We are permitted and required to perform this emergency work under the Electricity (Hazard from Trees) Regulations 2003.

Reminder notice

We will send you reminder notices if we do not hear back from you.

If there is still no progress by a certain date, we will need to commence legal proceedings under Regulation 26 of the Electricity (Hazard from Trees) Regulations 2003.

Declaring no interest or interest in a tree

You have the right to express your interest or lack of interest in a tree on your property.

Declaring an interest:

Declaring an interest in the trees on your property means you are responsible for the ongoing maintenance of that tree.

If you receive a trim notice from us, then you must:

  • Arrange for the tree to be trimmed within the prescribed timeframe specified in the notice.
  • Employ an approved utility arborist to carry out the work.
  • Provide our approved contractor with at least three working days’ notice of the work.
  • Advise our approved contractor of the time and location of the work so we can ensure it is adequately monitored and safe.

Where trees have been removed, you can stop regrowth or sprouting by applying environmentally friendly herbicides to the stumps. Then, it may be possible to plant other power line-friendly shrubs in their place.

Declaring no interest:

If you declare ‘no interest’ in the trees on your property, it means that we will take responsibility for the tree’s maintenance if it meets the criteria for ‘no interest’. This includes paying for all future cuts and trims.

To prevent future damage, our approved contractor will either remove the tree or trim it so that it can grow safely away from power lines.