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Posted on: May 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] FAQ: Who is responsible for tree branch maintenance?

Fire truck beneath an oak tree with overgrown branches

League City’s beautiful, sprawling trees are a source of local history and civic pride. However, overgrown limbs can be dangerous. Untrimmed trees can cost valuable time for emergency response teams and can also block the passage of other large vehicles like school buses, garbage trucks, and RVs.

Who is responsible for tree branch maintenance?

Property owners.

According to Section 125-7.9.1 of League City’s Tree Maintenance Standards, if you own property on a public street or road, you are responsible for maintaining the trees within that property. Even if the trees are in the City’s right-of-way, League City’s tree ordinance still defines these trees as street trees. A “street tree” is a tree, shrub, or any other woody vegetation that is between the sidewalk and the curb or–in the absence of a sidewalk–within 10 feet of the edge of the paved roadway. Most Homeowners Associations require trees to be maintained by the residents. 

What are the maintenance requirements?

(Taken from Section 125-7.9.3 of League City’s Tree Ordinance)

Must not obstruct the light from streetlights

Graphic, overgrown tree limbs covering grey streetlight, large red 'X' covering the graphic 

Must be a clear space of 15 feet above the surface of the sidewalk

Graphic, tree limbs hanging over a sidewalk and street. Text, 15 feet.

Must not obstruct the view of any street sign or intersection

Graphic, overgrown tree limbs covering a speed limit sign, large red 'X' covering the graphic

If you have questions about the City ordinances or tree issues, call Code Enforcement at 281-554-1424 or our Arborist at 281-554-1441. Visit  for the complete Code of Ordinances for the City of League City.

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