Hamilton has over 350 protected specimen trees which have significant heritage value.
The trees – a mix of exotic and native species – are often more than 100 years old and are among the most striking features of the city's natural landscapes.
Many of these specimens are planted in the city's more historic neighbourhoods, particularly Hamilton East and Claudelands.
Because of the significant and heritage value of these trees, they are protected under the Council's Partly Operative District Plan. Some of the listed protected trees are on private property, although the majority are on public land usually managed by the Council.
That means these cannot be removed, regardless of their location. If needed, work can undertaken on these trees – but you will need to liaise closely with the Council on this. If the tree is on public land, we will manage the process and the work. If the tree is on private property, you'll need to seek the advice of the City Planning staff initially, who will give you advice on the process what you will need to do. It is likely you will need to apply for a Resource Consent to carry out work on the tree.
For a list of Protected Trees, click here.
To contact City Planning, call 07 838 6699.