Neighbourhood Tree Disputes

The Commission has started 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 the complete terms of reference.

A consultation paper will be published in December 2017, when submissions will be invited.

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

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


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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