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20.40.080 Maintenance of Trees.

A. The Forester may prune, control insects and disease and maintain or cause to be pruned, sprayed and maintained, all of the trees in the streets, parks and other public areas and those other trees on private property which the Forester determines it is in the public interest to maintain to control infestations of insects or disease or to maintain public safety.

B. It is the duty of every owner of property adjacent to which or in front of which any tree is standing on any street and of every owner of property upon which any tree is standing which projects into the street to maintain and prune such tree using proper arboricultural procedures, according to the requirements for tree branch clearance over street and sidewalk areas and signs as set forth in Titles 16 and 17 of the Code of the City of Portland. The Forester shall give, with each permit printed, standards for proper arboricultural procedures.

C. Every property owner shall be liable to any person who is injured or otherwise suffers damage by reason of the property owner’s failure to maintain or prune trees as required by Titles 16, 17 and 20 of the Code of the City of Portland. Furthermore, every property owner shall be liable to the City of Portland for all expenses, including attorney fees, incurred by the City in defense of or paid by the

City in settlement or satisfaction of any claim, demand, action or suit brought by reason of that property owner’s failure to satisfy the obligations imposed by Titles 16, 17, 20 and 33 of the Code of the City of Portland.

D. Whenever the owner or owners, lessees, occupants or persons in charge of private grounds shall neglect or refuse to prune any tree as provided in this Section, the Forester may prune or treat or cause to be pruned or treated such tree. The person remedying the condition shall be authorized to enter the premises for that purpose.

E. Pruning for or by a utility. Upon obtaining a written permit from the Forester, a utility maintaining its utility system in a street may prune or cause to be pruned, using proper arboricultural practices in accordance with said permit, any tree located in or overhanging the street which interferes with any light, pole, wire, cable, appliance or apparatus used in connection with or as a part of the utility system; but no tree shall be pruned without the consent of the abutting owner until the utility shall have given a written or printed notice to the owner or occupant of the premises. The owner or occupant has one month after receipt of notice to have said trees pruned by a qualified line clearance contractor, at the owner’s or occupant’s expense, and in accordance with the terms of the permit. If the owner or occupant fails, neglects or refuses to have such tree pruned as required by the notice and permit, the utility may prune or cause to be pruned, the tree at its expense in accordance with the conditions of the permit. The Forester, at his/her discretion, may waive the notification and single tree permit process if the utility adequately demonstrates the ability to meet the performance requirements of this Section and to apply consistently proper arboricultural practices to the pruning of trees.

F. Nothing in this Chapter shall be deemed to impose any liability upon any member of the City Council or the City, or any of its officers or employees nor to relieve the owner of any private property from the duty to prune trees in accordance with Titles 16, 17 and 20 of the Code of the City of Portland.

G. The City may accept gifts which are specifically designated for the purpose of planting or maintaining trees within said City.