Can I plant or remove a tree in the public Right of Way?
Trees that are located within the public Right of Way are public trees, and are regulated by the Public Works Department. Planting or removal of trees in the public Right of Way requires approval by the City of Austin.
My neighbor's tree limbs are growing over my property line - can I prune these limbs?
This can be a tricky issue. Prior to any action occurring neighbors are encouraged to interact and discuss their concerns. Legally, this is a civil matter between the property owners. Typically a landowner may remove vegetation that crosses their property line (or the air space directly above it). We encourage establishing a plan that has been approved by all parties. We also encourage using ideal pruning techniques. *Note - No more than 25% of the canopy can be removed without a permit if the tree is protected size.
The property owner is responsible for tree removal or required maintenance. If the tree is located on public property the City may perform the work.
Who can I contact about trees around power lines?
For questions about trimming around power lines contact Austin Energy's tree trimming hotline at (512) 322- 6771 or email Utilityforestry@austinenergy.com. If a tree has fallen on a powerline, then contact the Austin Energy call center at (512) 494 9400.
Who can I contact about other problems with trees?
There are multiple tree-related concerns that will determine if the City can assist you. Are limbs hampering traffic flow? Is a fallen tree clogging a waterway? Has a tree fallen on utility lines? Is a tree blocking the alley? Is a tree creating a blind spot at an intersection? For any of these issues you can can simply call 3-1-1.