Florida Laws on Trimming a Neighbor’s Trees and How Far to Plant Trees from a Fence

Florida Laws on Trimming a Neighbor’s Trees and How Far to Plant Trees from a Fence.

Trimming Neighbors Tree

Florida law prevents you from cutting down a neighbor’s tree or even entering a neighbor’s property without the owner’s permission. However, utility companies are excused from this prohibition under Section 163.3209 of the Florida Statutes.

Furthermore, some trees are protected under Florida law, such as mangrove trees. These laws are designed to protect native species and preserve the natural environment. However, you may trim or hire someone to trim a neighbor’s tree under certain circumstances, according to Florida law.

STEP 1

Determine where the property lines meet. Under Florida law, a neighbor may trim the branches of a neighbor’s tree if the branches extend past the property line. The branches may only be cut back to the owner’s property line and if it cannot threaten the health of the tree.

STEP 2

Establish your personal and property’s safety. Florida law states if a neighbor’s tree endangers the safety of you or your property, you may phone your local municipal government to report the problem. For example, if a tree is in imminent danger of falling on your home, the city can force your neighbor to trim or cut down the threatening tree or pay a fine.

STEP 3

Ask for the neighbor’s consent. Approach your neighbor and explain how his tree infringes on your property or causes a problem, such as dropping pollen or leaves into your yard or pool. Inquire if he or she will allow you to trim his tree to fix the problem.

How Far Do You Plant a Tree from a Fence?

If you are planting a tree near a fence, you may hope for a formula you can use to determine the ideal distance between them. Like animal species, however, tree species vary in so many ways that the only simple answer is: It depends. To determine space for tree planting, you need to take many elements into account.

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