Electricity (Hazards From Trees) Regulations 2003

The purpose of these regulations is to protect the security of the supply of electricity, and the safety of the public, by:
  • prescribing distances from electrical conductors within which trees must not encroach; 
  • setting rules about who has responsibility for cutting or trimming trees that encroach on electrical conductors;
  • specifying who is liable if those rules are breached; and
  • providing an arbitration system to resolve disputes between electricity retailers, network companies and tree owners about the operation of the regulations.
How the regulations work
How the regulations affect you
Liability of tree owners