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Posted on: January 13, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Prune Your Branches!

Image, red fire truck under low hanging 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. Recently in South Shore, an untrimmed branch damaged the door of a bucket at the end of the ladder on one of the League City Fire Department’s tower bucket trucks (commonly known as a ladder truck). Overgrown branches can also hinder other large vehicles like school buses, garbage trucks, and RVs.

Trimmed branches can save lives!

Certain areas in the city are unreachable for emergency response teams because of unpruned trees. Road clearance makes a difference in life-or-death situations where every second matters. Keeping your branches trimmed ensures emergency responders can get where they need to be safely and swiftly, and without damage to their vehicle.

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? (show in three pictures)

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

Graphic, overgrown tree limbs covering grey streetlight, large red 'X' covering the graphicMust not obstruct the light from streetlights 

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 graphicMust be a clear space of 15 feet above the surface or sidewalk

By maintaining our trees, you are helping prevent vehicle damage and contributing to optimal emergency response times.

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 Ordnances for the City of League City. 

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