Neighbourhood Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2016

The Government is seeking your feedback on the Neighbourhood Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2016 (the Bill).

The purpose of the Bill is to provide a cost effective and efficient process for resolving neighbourhood disputes relating to vegetation. The Bill adopts most of the recommendations made by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute in its final report, Problem Trees and Hedges: Access to Sunlight and Views. The scope of the Bill extends beyond the recommendations in the TLRI Report, which was limited to neighbourhood disputes relating to sunlight and views.

The Neighbourhood Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2016:

  • provides for the Resources Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal to have jurisdiction to hear and determine disputes
  • encourages and outlines processes for informal dispute resolution before formal dispute resolution
  • reinstates the Common Law right of abatement, and
  • outlines the rights and responsibilities of land owners in respect to vegetation.

Download the Neighbourhood Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2016 (PDF, 494.6 KB).

Comment period

Please send your comments on the Bill to the Department of Justice by 4 November 2016.



Department of Justice
Office of Strategic Legislation and Policy
GPO Box 825
Hobart TAS 7001