Selecting the right location for your new tree

Introduction | Assessment of existing trees | Tree limbs overhanging private property | Damage to private infrastructure by trees under Council's responsibility | Possible termite/pest activity in trees | Tree maintenance | Tree maintenance by residents | Planting of new trees | Requests for new trees | Identification of need | Selecting the right location for your new tree | Preferred species | Preferred species list | Tree planting and tree care

Selecting the right location for your new tree
The location of new plantings will be determined by the identified risk of that location.

Control Strategy


Design of new roads and pathways


The design of new roads and footpaths should be undertaken with consideration given to new tree plantings to ensure appropriate allocation of space.

Pavement openings at the base of the tree should be as large as possible to reduce the impact of future buttressing roots on pavements.

Traffic Hazards

Ensure trees are sufficiently set back from intersections, roundabouts, driveways and also traffic signs.


Ensure trees will not impede pedestrian traffic.

Overhead power lines

No species should be planted under power lines that, when it reaches its mature height, will interfere with the power lines and light poles.

Underground utilities

Dial 1100 for information on the location of under-ground cables and other infrastructure (e.g. telephone, electricity, gas and water supply) before digging.
Plant away from underground pits, pillar-boxes etc. to avoid any potential damage caused by the tree.

Intersection sight distance
  • In urban areas with a legal speed limit of 50km/hr or less, new trees must not be planted within 15m of an intersecting street kerb line.
  • In rural areas, the exclusion zone for new tree plantings is 70m along the major road from the property corner boundary to the intersection, so as not to obstruct sight lines between the corner and any approaching vehicles.

Site conditions

All site conditions need to be considered before a species is selected and a planting approved. The following site conditions should be considered:

Climatic conditions
Temperature Range
Rainfall and/or humidity
Exposure to wind

Site soil conditions
Soil type and structure
Soil Ph and fertility

Street character
Identify existing plant species in the street, and match where possible or complement with new suitable species. Check if there is an existing ‘Street Tree Planting Program’ for the street.