URBAN FORESTRY INTER-BUREAU REFERRALS
Administrative Rule Adopted by Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Neighborhood Inspections and Urban Forestry have shared responsibility for trees. Urban Forestry has responsibility for low limbs hanging over the sidewalk and street coming from trees planted in the public right-of-way. Neighborhood Inspections has responsibility for low limbs hanging over the sidewalk and street coming from trees planted on private property.
The Urban Forester will determine if a tree is dead, dying or a potential hazard in the right-of-way and on private property at Neighborhood Inspections request.
Summary of Standards:
Both bureaus have codes that deal with trees that are duplicative and overlapping in terms of enforcement. Based on this overlap each bureau is taking responsibility for trees as developed under the policy below.
Urban Forestry will:
- handle all tree complaints for trees planted in the
- provide Neighborhood Inspections (on request) with
expertise in writing to determine if a tree is dead or dying and a potential
- provide a required permit for trees in the public right-of-way at no cost to the property owner. This permit gives accurate directions for tree trimming.
Neighborhood Inspections will:
- post a nuisance notice when trees on private property
have low limbs over the sidewalk or street.
- post a nuisance notice when the inspector can
determine there is a dead tree on private property.
- ask the urban forester for a written opinion when the
Inspector can’t determine if a tree on private property is dead, dying or a
- if the Urban Forester’s report indicates the tree is dead, dying or a potential hazard, an inspector will post a nuisance notice to remove the tree. If the report indicates the tree is not dead, dying or a potential hazard the case is closed.
Previously published as ONI Policy Number C-25-1.
Effective September 1, 2004
Filed for inclusion in PPD September 30, 2004