1. Before you respond

To respond to tree dispute application please use the below form. Carefully read the form instructions, answer each question and tick an appropriate box when prompted.

When you complete the response form, do the following:

  • provide the reasons you are disputing the allegations made by the applicant
  • use numbered paragraphs which are cross-referenced to the paragraphs in the applicant’s application
  • include a clear outline of the history and nature of the dispute

A response must be given to all other parties in the matter.

2. Fees

There is no prescribed fee for lodging a response to an application.

3. Complete and lodge the below response form

Form 52 - Response to application for a tree dispute – Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011

The purpose of this form is to respond to a tree dispute only.

PDF File (334.0 KB)

4. How to lodge your response

When filing a response, you are required to file the response and supporting material along with 3 copies plus one extra copy for every additional party named in the application in one of the following ways:

In person

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Floor 11, 259 Queen Street
Brisbane Qld 4000

or at any local Magistrates Court

Mail to

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
GPO Box 1639
Brisbane Qld 4001

Your response is not filed until it is sealed by QCAT (i.e. stamped with the official QCAT stamp). After this has been done, sealed copies of your response form will then be sent back to you to give to the other party/s. You can also keep a copy for your personal records.

5. Giving your response to the other parties

You are required to give a copy of your response and supporting material to all parties named in the application within 28 days or as otherwise directed by QCAT.

Visit this page for further information on service requirements.

6. What happens next?

After you have submitted your response, if not already issued, QCAT will provide further instructions to the parties on the next steps in the process.

Learn more about the civil process and preparing your case here.