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Safe footpaths

Knox City Council checks local footpaths and shared paths every two years.

This makes sure they are safe for pedestrian use.

Safe footpath requirements

To allow safe passage for pedestrians, the owner/occupier of land must not allow vegetation on their property to encroach onto a Council reserve, at a height of less than 2.5m from the ground surface.

This is required as part of Council’s Road Management Plan.

How to keep footpaths safe

Check nearby plants and trees in autumn and spring every year, and trim any that may cause a problem.

When checking plants remember their growing patterns to make sure you prune them at the right time.

When planting anything new close to your property boundaries, allow plenty of room for growth.

This prevents branches from blocking footpaths or growing into neighbouring properties.

If a footpath is unsafe, you can report it.

Overhanging trees and footpaths

If overgrown trees or plants are encroaching into or hanging over the footpath, Council will notify you with a card in your letterbox.

You then must prune back the branches or foliage within two weeks.

For more information about tree safety please refer to overhanging tree branches.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Community Laws Department on 9298 8000.

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