Neighbourhood Tree Disputes

The Commission is conducting an inquiry into neighbourhood tree disputes.

The inquiry is part of the Commission's Community Law Reform program. In accordance with section 5(1)(b) of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 (Vic), the Commission has the power to initiate inquiries into legal issues of general community concern, provided they are limited in size and scope.

For this inquiry, the Commission will examine the law governing disputes between neighbours involving trees on private land that cause damage. It will examine current practices in dispute resolution, and consider whether the law should be changed to provide better,  fairer ways of resolving these disputes.

The Commission will not consider disputes about trees on public land, or disputes about trees that block sunlight and views.

See the link below for links to the consultation paper and the complete terms of reference.

Submissions are invited by 28 February 2018.

Consultations will take place  in early 2018. The Commission will report by 9 May 2019.

Have you been involved in a tree dispute? Take our 5-minute survey.

If you would like to receive updates about this inquiry, please contact us.

 

Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Consultation paper

The Commission published Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Consultation Paper on 15 December 2017.  Submissions are invited by 28 February 2018.

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Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Quiz

How much do you know about the law of neighbourhood tree disputes? take our quiz and test your knowledge. More information about neighbourhood tree...

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Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Answers to quiz

1. Answer: False - you can sometimes, but not always,  do what you like.  A tree is the property of the person who owns the land it grows on. ...

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Neighbourhood Tree Disputes: Terms of Reference

Matter initiated by the Commission pursuant to section 5(1)(b) of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 (Vic) on 8 June 2017. The Victorian...

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