Depending on the location of the tree and if Council is responsible for its maintenance, it may be part of a proactive inspection program. Alternatively, Council will inspect a tree on request if it has been notified as a nuisance or potential hazard.
Council’s tree assessment takes into consideration assessment key indicators including the general health of the tree, canopy condition, limb/branch structure, signs of decay, existence of pests or disease, and root plate movement.
Trees are living organisms and may be exposed to a range of unpredictable environmental factors, including adverse weather conditions that are often outside of Council’s control. As a result, the failure of a tree limb does not automatically mean that Council is liable.
Tree damage claims are considered on the basis of negligence and will only be accepted where Council has a clear legal liability.