As a property owner, you have certain legal responsibilities regarding the trees on your property. This is because tree removal in Brisbane is regulated and you can’t just cut down trees whenever and wherever it suits you.
First of all, if you want to cut or trim a tree on your property, then you need to make sure that it doesn’t have a vegetation protection order (VPO), or you will be fined by the council.
When is a tree your responsibility?
As a home owner, you are responsible for trees (including their roots) if the following conditions exist:
- When the tree is on the boundary line, but is mainly on your property.
- When a tree on your land damages your neighbour’s property.
- If the tree is equally on the boundary line, then both property owners are responsible.