Tree Pruning for Safety and Clearance

Overgrown trees and shrubs are a traffic safety danger when they block the view of traffic signs. Trimming trees and vegetation is critical to protect motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and City street sweepers in your neighborhood. Especially during autumn and winter when dead leaves fall, the street sweeper service helps minimize flooding risks by keeping storm drains clear of leaves, litter and other debris.

If vegetation is blocking visibility in the street or at an intersection, it is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner or resident to trim the vegetation. Trees on your property are not maintained by the City, but it is important to know there are still regulations about pruning or removing certain perimeter trees on your property. City code requires that there be 14.5' of clearance over the street and 7' of clearance over the sidewalk. You must obtain a permit to prune "street trees"- located within 12.5' from the sidewalk- if you are removing any live wood over 2" in diameter. For more information about caring for your trees, see our educational resources at