Can I cut the branches of my neighbor's trees or bushes?

This is a commonly asked question because the problem occurs in nearly every neighborhood where aging landscape conditions exist. The City does not have the authority to require a property owner to trim or remove trees, branches, or shrubbery unless it overhangs into a public right-of-way, impeding either pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or unless the vegetation is dead and presents a potential hazard. The property owner is responsible for removing all dead, diseased or dangerous trees, stumps and broken or decayed limbs which constitute a menace to the safety of the public.

Instead, this particular question is a good example of a civil matter between property owners. We do recommend that individuals attempt to work this out amicably with their neighbor; however, if both parties are unable to resolve the problem satisfactorily, then they have the option of working through the court system, with or without an attorney. You may trim any offending branches/vegetation back to the neighbor’s property line, as long as the trimming does not impact the future life or aesthetic value of the plant.

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1. Can I cut the branches of my neighbor's trees or bushes?
2. Who is responsible for trimming the trees and bushes that overhang the streets and sidewalks?
3. The house next door is vacant and the grass hasn't been mowed for some time, can anything be done?
4. When do I need to shovel snow off my sidewalk?
5. Can I keep my portable basketball backstop on the sidewalk or in the street?
6. Can I keep my portable basketball backstop on the sidewalk or in the street?
7. Can a shed be built right next to the property line?
8. Do I need a permit to build my shed?
9. Can I install a fence or retaining wall without a permit?
10. Why can't I have a couch on my porch?
11. Do I need to have my house number displayed on my home?