Tree dispute application

The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 provides a number of options for resolving tree disputes. Here we outline recommended resources to help you manage your matter.

Before you make an application

Before making an application regarding a tree dispute, find out more about how to avoid and resolve tree disputes.

You may wish to seek legal advice on your application.

Lodging your application

  1. Access QCAT information on tree dispute resolution and complete a tree dispute application checklist (PDF, 535.8 KB).
  2. Complete Form 51 – Application for a tree dispute (PDF, 484.1 KB)Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011.
  3. Lodge your application form and supporting documents including paying an application fee.

Responding to a tree dispute application

If a tree dispute application is made against a tree or trees on your property:

  1. Access QCAT information on tree dispute resolution and complete a tree dispute application checklist (PDF, 535.8 KB).
  2. Complete Form 52 – Response to application for a tree dispute (PDF, 334.0 KB)Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011.
  3. Lodge your response form and supporting documents. You do not need to pay a fee to lodge your response form.

What happens next

Once QCAT processes your application or response, its progress will depend on the circumstances of the matter. For example, you may receive a notice that QCAT has appointed a tree assessor to inspect the tree.

You may also receive a notice to attend a proceeding such as mediation, a directions hearing, a compulsory conference or a hearing.

Tree assessors

A QCAT member may appoint a tree assessor to undertake an assessment which will involve visiting the site of the tree causing the dispute with both neighbours or landowners.