Overhanging branches

Overhanging branches or plants sticking out through a fence can be dangerous for pedestrians and traffic (especially older residents and visually impaired pedestrians).

You are required to:

  • keep shrubs and branches cut back to the property line
  • make sure any branches over the footpath are kept at a minimum height of 2.5 metres above the ground.

Property owners or occupiers may be served a Notice to Comply if branches / plants are overhanging onto Council land and are:

  • causing a problem
  • considered dangerous to pedestrians
  • causing visual obstruction to vehicles.

Disputes involving overhanging branches from a neighbouring property must be resolved between neighbours. You can contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria for more information and help.