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2800 S.W. 72nd Avenue
Miami,
FL
33155

Tree Trimming Over Property Lines

Trees and vegetation that cross into your property from an adjacent property may be properly pruned within your property.  Below is more detailed information on the City rules for your reference:

 

Pruning of trees on private property of branches four inches in diameter or greater must be done by a qualified tree trimmer. Pruning of trees may also be done by the property owner with assistance as needed by assisting labor.

 

Pruning tree limbs ten inches or more in diameter on private property requires a tree permit from the tree preservation agency.

 

You can search for ISA certified arborists in the Coral Gables area, by visiting www.treesaregood.org which is a search tool created by ISA (International Society of Arboriculture).

 

 

Full City code section can be found at the following link:

Chapter 82 - VEGETATION

https://library.municode.com/FL/Coral_Gables/codes/Code_of_Ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH82VE

 

Excerpts from Coral Gables City Code:

Pruning means that definition of the term as set forth in both the most recent International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Best Management Practices (BMP) on Pruning and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300, Part 1. At no time shall trimming, topping, tipping or flush cutting of trees be deemed a form of "pruning."

Qualified tree trimmer means a professional tree trimmer who is or works under the direction of an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist, or a tree trimmer licensed as a tree trimmer by a county or municipality in Florida.

Tree modification or modifying a tree shall include:

(1) Pruning living or dead limbs ten inches or larger in diameter of a specimen tree.

(2) Cutting any roots greater than two inches in diameter of a specimen tree within six feet of the trunk.

(3) Cutting more than 25 percent of the roots of a specimen tree within the drip line of the tree to a depth greater than six inches.

(4) Piling soil against the trunk of a tree above the root flare or placing soil over more than 25 percent of the roots of a tree within the drip line of the tree to a depth greater than four inches.

 

Sec. 82-29. - Permits generally.

(d) Pruning of trees on private property. Pruning tree limbs ten inches or more in diameter on private property requires a tree permit from the tree preservation agency. Pruning of branches four inches in diameter or greater must be done by a qualified tree trimmer. Pruning of trees may also be done by the property owner with assistance as needed by assisting labor.

(e) Pruning of trees on public property and rights-of-way. The pruning of any trees on public property and rights-of-way is prohibited unless expressly approved by the tree preservation agency in advance.

 

 

If you have any further questions in regards to tree pruning, please e-mail trees @coralgables.com.