Overhanging trees and branches on private property

Trees that are on private property are not controlled by the City and therefore pruning is at the discretion of the owner. The City is unable to enforce residents to undertake pruning of trees on private property unless they are a hazard. It is a property owner’s responsibility to inspect their own trees regularly and ensure that they are in a safe condition. Please note that trees are living organisms and over time their condition may change.

My neighbour’s tree looks dangerous and branches are overhanging my property

The City of Joondalup advises that this is a civil matter and the City may only commence involvement once it is satisfied that the tree does present a hazard and that the property owner or occupier has failed to take appropriate action to remove the hazard.

It is suggested that you contact the owner of the property or the managing agent (for rental properties) in the first instance and attempt to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of both parties.

If you are in dispute with your neighbour, it may be advisable to undertake mediation with your neighbour. The City, via the Citizens Advice Bureau, offers a free mediation service to residents and property owners of the City of Joondalup. Further information is available by contacting the City’s Customer Relations Advocate on 9400 4942.