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City staff must trim trees year-round due to public safety, accessibility and safety requirements. For example, we must keep trees pruned at a height that allows the safe passage of large vehicles (such as fire trucks, school buses and trash trucks) the visibility of street and crossing signs, and sidewalk access. City crews must also schedule tree trimming around other important work that they do, which includes maintaining more than 270 miles of roadways and 450 miles of sidewalks.
The City may only trim the portion of the tree that is in the City-owned public right-of-way, such as the branches that hang over a sidewalk or the road. Keep in mind that the City-owned right-of-way typically measures 10 feet from the curb or street edge into your yard. We recommend that homeowners trim their own trees.
City crews are trimming only over the portion in the City-owned right-of-way and they are trimming with only public safety/access in mind. Because they are only trimming on one side, it could result in a lopsided-looking trim. We understand this might not meet your aesthetic standards, which is why we recommend that you trim your own trees.
The bottom of the tree canopy must be raised at least 8 feet above the sidewalk and 14 feet above the street. See the following diagram for reference:
Our solid waste provider will collect branches if certain requirements are met. For more information, please visit our webpage dedicated to the importance of Tree Trimming.
You can give Public Works a call at 512-401-5550. For trees on City-owned parkland, please call Cedar Park Parks and Recreation at 512-401-5520. We'll be happy to answer any questions or address your concerns.