Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003

Reprint as at 16 December 2013

Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003

(SR 2003/375)

Dame Sian Elias, Administrator of the Government

Order in Council

At Wellington this 15th day of December 2003

Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

Pursuant to section 169 of the Electricity Act 1992, Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.


1 Title

2 Commencement

3 Purpose

4 Interpretation

Part 1
Control of trees

General notice requirement

5 Consumers to be notified of certain dangers, growth limit zones, etc

Trees encroaching notice zones

6 Notification of trees encroaching notice zone

7 Hazard warning notice

Trees encroaching growth limit zones

8 Notification of trees encroaching growth limit zone

9 Cut or trim notice

10 Cutting of trees encroaching growth limit zone

11 Costs of first cut or trim and removal of debris

Debris, underground works, etc

12 Removal of debris after cutting trees

13 Underground works

14 Obligation to remove danger to persons or property from trees damaging conductors

No-interest tree notices

15 No-interest tree notice

16 Purpose and effect of no-interest tree notice

17 No-interest tree notice may be rescinded

18 Trees with amenity value


19 Application for dispensation

20 Works owner to consider dispensation applications

21 Further provisions relating to dispensations


22 Arbitration

Manner of notification

23 Manner of notification to tree owners

24 Manner of notification and application to works owners

25 Manner of application to arbitrators

Offences and liabilities

26 Offences committed by tree owners

27 Offences committed by works owners

28 Liability of tree owners

Part 2

Appointment of arbitrators

29 Appointment of arbitrators

Functions, duties, and powers

30 Functions, duties, and powers of arbitrators

Decisions and proceedings

31 Decisions of arbitrators

32 Proceedings of arbitrators

33 Evidence

34 Arbitrator may act on evidence available


35 Rehearings

Miscellaneous provisions

36 Remuneration of arbitrators

37 Protection of arbitrators

Part 3
Miscellaneous provisions

38 Compensation for trees and vegetation removed

39 Safety clearance distances for conductors of overhead electric lines [Revoked]

40 Claims for damages to works

41 Regulations do not affect specified agreements

42 Revocations

Growth limit zones

Gazette information

Reprint notes