Responsibilities after registration
Owner's responsibilities for
trees on private land
- Nominate trees
for inclusion on the register.
- Protect registered
trees in accordance with the Tree
Protection Act 2005.
- Agree to the
publication of details about registered trees (including photos and
locations) on the TAMS web page, during the notification of registration
and in promotional material about the tree register and Canberra's urban
application forms for activities requiring approval. Approval is required
for any activity that is likely to cause damage to a registered tree. This
includes killing or removing a tree, major pruning or activities that are
likely to cause the death or decline of a tree or significantly and
adversely affect the trees health, stability or general appearance. Any proposed
groundworks within the tree protection zone of a protected tree also
- Development of
a Tree Management Plan where required. Assistance is provided and
guidelines on developing a tree management plan are available in the Tree
Protection (Guidelines for Tree Management Plans) Declaration 2010.
- Maintaining, administering
and promoting the ACT Tree Register. This includes the assessment of
nominations and applications to undertake tree damaging activities, as
well as making the register available to any person who wants to inspect
- Protect trees on the
- Development of a Tree
Management Plan where required.
- Assess proposed
developments that may impact on a registered tree.
- Undertake management and
maintenance of registered trees located on unleased territory land managed
by the Directorate in accordance with a Tree Management Plan.
Tree Management Plan
A Tree Management Plan (TMP) may be proposed for a
registered tree as a mechanism for undertaking a range of activities that may
affect the tree. The TMP would describe the status of the tree(s), their
protection requirements and what activities may be undertaken (for example minor pruning in accordance with the standard for Pruning Amenity Trees
(AS4373)). Activities undertaken in accordance with an approved
TMP do not require any further approval from the Conservator. The TMP will
become a formal requirement for any development application that involves a
The Tree Protection Zone is defined as:
- the area under the canopy of the tree
- the two metre wide area surrounding the vertical
projection of the canopy and
- the four metre wide area surrounding the trunk
as measured at one metre above natural ground level.
Penalties for not complying with the Act
The fine for undertaking a prohibited
activity without approval is between $1,250 to $56,000 for an individual and $6,250
to $280,000 for a company.
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