Landscaping and the law - which ones apply




Lawyer Geoff Hardy explains when and how landscapers are regulated by common law, the Building Act and the Construction Contracts Act


Landscaping is similar to building in that it involves humans making modifications to the natural environment, though it is usually more concerned with aesthetics and less with functionality. There is the creative side of it – landscape architecture or design – and then there is the physical side of it the horticulture, construction, and maintenance.


There is generally less risk of harm to persons or property with landscaping than there is with designing and constructing buildings that might collapse on you or catch fire. So you would be tempted to think that landscaping doesn’t need to be highly regulated at all. But is that true? Do landscapers get a free rein, or are they in fact as strictly policed as builders are?

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