Dangerous Trees & Hedges on Public Roads

Under the terms of the Roads Act 1993, landowners & occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable care to ensure that the trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation growing on their land are not or could not become a danger to people using or working on a public road.

As landowner/occupier you are required to fell, cut, log, trim or remove such trees, ditches and hedges to prevent them from becoming a hazard to persons or property in the area.

Examples of hazards include dead or dying trees, ditches or hedges interfering with traffic, blocking footpaths, obscuring road signs or obscuring a clear view of the road ahead.

Particular attention should be given to damaged or weakened trees or limbs and stumps of felled trees as a result of storms.

If you want to advise Limerick City and County Council of a structure, tree or hedge adjoining a public road which is considered to be dangerous, please contact Customer Services Department on 061 556000.

Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended by the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 prohibits the cutting, grubbing, burning or otherwise destruction of any vegetation on uncultivated land between 1st March and 31st August in any year, except for reasons of public health and safety. Hence work should be carried out while hedges are dormant between the start of September and the end of February.

Notices may be served on landowners and occupiers who do not comply with their statutory obligations.

Landowners are encouraged to protect wildlife and promote biodiversity on all their hedgerows (including non-roadside hedges) and information on this is available on www.pollinators.ie

If you require any further advice please contact your local district engineer:




Municipal District of Cappamore/Kilmallock


Municipal District of Adare/Rathkeale


Municipal District of Newcastle West


Metropolitan District of Limerick

061- 556480

This service is provided by

Roads,Traffic and Cleansing

Phone +353 61 556000