As a rule of thumb the planting distance for a tree is 1 1/2 times the height of the mature tree away from the building. e.g, A 5 metre tree will need to be 7.5 metres away.
Our building inspector sees a lot of trees planted close enough to the home to be of a concern if they fell during a storm or high wind.
Brisbane and surrounding areas do have some big storms with high winds and there is often damage to homes from falling branches or trees.
Injury may also occur when a tree crashes through your home, lands on your car in the street or brings down live power lines.
We also find them growing through the power lines. Our building inspector will recommend contacting Energex to remove the branches from the power lines for safety in this case.
The tree roots may also interfere with the drainage or if too close, the footings and foundations of the buildings, driveways and paths.