The trees on your property should be kept away from power lines and the occupant of the house is responsible for it. You are responsible for cutting down any trees on your property that may interfere with your own electric service line or private power line, or a private power line on an adjoining property. Responsibility for trimming or removing trees near power lines may lie with the homeowner or utility company, depending on state or local laws. Some states, such as South Australia, attribute liability to utility companies, while others, such as New South Wales, assign it to homeowners.
Our contractors operate year-round, maintaining trees and other vegetation in the suburbs served by our power grid. Landowners are responsible for keeping the trees on their property away from wires that connect to homes and property, including the private power grid. Only licensed contractors should prune trees around the power grid. Trees and vegetation too close to power lines should be trimmed by a Tree Lopping Townsville accredited arborist.
To keep costs low, we recommend that you allow three years of regrowth and keep trees and vegetation at least 2.5m away from power lines. If trees touch or are in close proximity to power lines, contact your local council or power distribution company for advice or hire a tree removal specialist (or arborist) to do the work. Owners are responsible for clearing vegetation within their property that may interfere with their service line or that of their neighbors if the tree is on the border line. Trees and vegetation must be at least 1.0 m from service lines and 1.5 m from power lines.
Sometimes tree pruning does not solve the problem, especially if the wrong type of tree has been planted under the power line. Municipalities are responsible for trees grown on street edges, while electric companies are responsible for natural trees on street edges and reserves. They routinely publish an information sheet of their tree trimming activities that can be downloaded by the public from the Safe Trees program website. You must notify the energy distributor or hire a qualified tree trimmer in Tree Lopping Townsville if a branch of a tree on your property falls on a power line.
In most cases, trees and vegetation should be maintained at least 1.0 m from service lines and 1.5 m from power lines.
Townsville Tree Lopping Services
30 Sunderland St
Garbutt QLD 4814
(07) 4243 4100