Cutting down a tree on your property can be a tricky business. Depending on the location of the tree, you may need to obtain permission from your neighbor or even a permit from the city. In some cases, you may even be liable for damages if you cut down a tree without permission. To ensure that you are following the law, it is important to understand the regulations in your area.
In Utah, anyone who cuts down a tree without permission may be required to pay the owner up to three times its value. In California, permits are required for the removal of trees on private property if the tree is designated a “heritage tree” or is an oak tree, a type protected throughout the state. In Oakland, certain types of trees are “protected” and require a permit for removal. San José also requires permits for trees with a trunk circumference of 56 inches or more or two feet above the ground.
Fresno requires a permit for most work on trees, while Los Angeles does not require permits for any work on trees other than felling oak trees. In Nebraska, property rights extend to the sky and to the ground. This means that you can prune branches up to, but not above, the property limit. However, be careful that pruning doesn't damage or kill the tree, or else your neighbor could seek monetary compensation from you.
Avoid pruning when fruit grows on the tree. Dead trees are considered dangerous and should be removed as soon as possible. In Augusta, there are no special regulations or rules regarding the removal of trees on private property. The same goes for Lansing.
However, in Des Moines, privately owned trees are the owner's responsibility to maintain, care for, or remove them. If it is reasonably foreseeable that a dead tree will fall and damage a neighbor's house or fence, the neighbor can recover from the owner of the tree. When planting any hedge or tree under 25 feet in most states, it is best to keep it less than 20 feet from power lines. Some public rights-of-way trees are maintained by private residences and their removal requires a permit. To sum up, it is important to understand the regulations in your area before cutting down a tree on your property. Depending on where you live, you may need to obtain permission from your neighbor or even a permit from the city before removing any trees.
Be sure to take all necessary precautions when pruning branches and removing dead trees to avoid any legal issues.