Overgrown vegetation can make sidewalk travel difficult and cause traffic hazards. Many property owners and occupants don’t know that they are responsible for maintaining vegetation on the public right-of-way next to their property— including the sidewalk and planting strip, alleys, walkways, and roadways. We rely on property owners and occupants to comply with code requirements for vegetation maintenance and will notify them of violations when we receive a complaint.
- Sidewalks must be clear of vegetation from concrete edge to concrete edge.
- Vegetation over a sidewalk must be trimmed to 8 feet above the sidewalk; no branches or other parts of the plants may hang over the walkway below 8 feet.
- Streets and alleys: vegetation must not grow onto the roadway.
- Vegetation hanging over the street or alley must be trimmed so that the roadway is clear to 14 feet above the street surface.
- Vegetation must be trimmed so that traffic signs and drivers’ views at intersections are not blocked.
For more information, visit our Weeds & Overgrown Vegetation website.