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.