Trees hanging over roads

Residents are responsible for maintaining trees, hedges and shrubs within their own property next to the public highway.

The landowner is required to make sure that trees and plants from their property does not:

  • overhang the pavement/road so as to obstruct pedestrians or vehicles
  • pose an unreasonable health and safety risk to pedestrians or vehicles
  • block traffic signals or road signs
  • block drivers' sightlines

If overhanging vegetation is found to be obstructing the highway from a private or commercial property, then the council can issue an enforcement notice to the landowner. These notices give the landowner 14 days to carry out necessary works, after which time the council may do the work and charge the landowner for the cost of the works.

If you would want to report overhanging trees or other plants you can contact: