Notification of injury / property damage
In public areas across the Blue Mountains Local Government Area, the Council owns and maintains a large number of trees which helps to green our city. Occasionally, roots or branches from Council trees damage to vehicles, fences, retaining walls and driveways due to a wide variety of causes including extreme weather events. However, where damage has occurred, Council’s ownership of the tree does not create an automatic liability or any obligation to compensate. There must be some demonstrated act or omission of negligence by Council.
When making a claim, you will need to provide evidence of damage to your property which may include (but is not limited to):
• Plumber report (detailing location of issue and work required)
• Arborist report
• Engineer report
• Survey reports/diagrams
• Sewerage diagram
• Quotation for works or invoice of costs
Evidence must be provided to Council for consideration before undertaking any repair work. Please note that under no circumstances are Council trees are to be pruned or removed by residents. Penalties apply.