Trees or plants that hang lower than seven (7) feet above a sidewalk pose as a hazard for pedestrians. Walking into a low hanging branch can cause serious injury. Trees that hang lower than twelve (12) feet above the street surface pose as a hazard for emergency vehicles and larger trucks.
Reason for Regulation
Trees and vegetation compliment residential neighborhoods. But, they can become a serious hazard if allowed to become an obstruction to pedestrians and vehicles.
According to the ordinance, trees and plants must be kept trimmed to allow a seven (7) foot clearance above sidewalks and a twelve (12) foot clearance above the street surface.
Violations of this ordinance can result in a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500). Each day that a violation is allowed to continue can result in a separate fine. In addition to a fine, a city may bring a civil suit if the violation damages city property.