If you know a tree that is significant to Canberra’s urban forest, you can nominate it for protection through the ACT Tree Register.
ACT Tree Register
The ACT Tree Register is supported by the Tree Protection Act 2005. The Act facilitates the protection of trees with exceptional value that contribute to our local history and leafy city scape.
The ACT Government Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) anticipates the register could include up to 5,000 trees on leased and unleased land throughout the city. The criteria for a tree to be accepted onto the register includes that it:
- is located in the built up urban area
- has natural or cultural heritage value and/or
- has landscape and aesthetic value and/or
- has scientific value.
To nominate a tree for the ACT Tree Register, you must complete a tree nomination form.
TAMS will assess your nomination and confirm it meets the ACT Tree Register criteria. If it does, a decision will be made whether the tree can be listed on the Provisional Tree Register. Over the following for 12 months, the tree will be assessed by an independent advisory panel for inclusion onto the ACT Tree Register.
Full details, including nomination forms, are available on the TAMS website.
Working around protected or registered trees
If you have a protected or registered tree requiring maintenance or is close to building works, view our Protected Trees in the ACT article which provides information on what you must consider.