Trees and the Law

Duration: 1 day
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face


Target Audience

Planning, Policy and Compliance Officers and Council Arborists.



This one-day course will be presented in three parts. The first part will explore the common law relating to trees, and Councils' obligations and powers under the Local Government Act 1999. Liability issues will also be discussed.
The second part will provide an overview of trees in a development context. In particular, this session will focus on the regulated tree provisions of the Development Act 1993, Development Plan policy and recent case law in relation to the assessment of development applications involving tree-damaging activity.
The third part will then examine compliance issues and enforcement under the Development Act 1993 and/or the Local Government Act 1999.


Key Learnings

  • Regulated trees v significant trees - what is the difference?
  • A two tier system for assessment
  • Policy making with respect to trees
  • Section 221 permits under the Local Government Act 1999
  • Significant tree prosecutions
  • Case law review
  • Enforcement under the Development Act 1993 and/or the Local Government Act 1999 liability risks.


Joanna Clare Norman Waterhouse Lawyers and Jess Kirk Manager - Risk, LGA Mutual Liability Scheme
Joanna practices in the area of environmental and planning law and her work includes advising clients in relation to issues arising under the Development Act 1993 and the Local Government Act 1999. Jess will provide input from the Scheme's perspective.


Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.