Property owners are responsible for*:
- Cleanup of debris from trees on private property and from trees within the public right-of-way adjacent to their property.
- Limbs on the ground are considered debris. Property owners can hire any licensed company to haul limbs away- for this type of work, the company does NOT have to be a licensed tree contractor.
- Pruning needs of private property trees and trees within the public right-of-way adjacent to their property.
For general questions about the condition of a public-right-of way tree, please contact Denver Forestry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If you live on a designated Parkway, the Office of the City Forester will provide the necessary tree work for trees in the PRW along the parkway but not on perpendicular streets. Adjacent property owners are not responsible for PRW trees on the parkway but would need to address trees on other streets if they live on a corner or have an alley.
Damaged tree and broken branches:
- The Office of the City Forester recommends that you make sure any tree care contractor is licensed and insured- view current list.(PDF, 156KB)
- Tree work can be very dangerous and you could be subject to serious injury if you attempt to perform this type of work without proper experience
Emergency tree and limb removal:
Unfortunately there are times when the safety of the public necessitates that the work be completed immediately and Denver Forestry cannot allow time for the property owner to find a licensed tree contractor.(PDF, 156KB)
When a tree or limb is blocking safe access to the street or right-of-way, Denver Forestry has an on-call contractor remove the limb or tree and bills the property owner for the work.
Non-Emergency tree and limb removal:
If a limb or tree is not interfering with the safe access of a street or right-of-way, the property owner may be given 24 hours to perform the work themselves or contract with a licensed tree contractor.(PDF, 156KB)
Should the property owner choose to allow the City to assist through an established on-call contractor, the cost of the work will be billed to the responsible property owner.
When performing any tree work yourself, always check for utility wires and assume they are live!
Tips for removing snow from trees:
- Be aware that accumulating snow, ice, or wind could cause limbs to break and fall at any time!
- Check to make sure the tree is safe and clear of all utility lines prior to removing snow; DO NOT attempt to shake snow off a tree if a utility line is going through its branches or is within contact distance.
- If the tree is clear of utility lines, use a broom to remove as much snow as possible from branches by brushing off or gently shaking. Avoid large, rapid movement as this could cause the limb to break
- DO NOT attempt to climb tree or use ladder to reach higher limbs!
Disposal and Recycling of Smaller Tree Branches
For residents managing smaller limbs on their own, Solid Waste Management provides the following options for disposal and recycling:
Option 1: Disposal
Trash cart and manual service customers:
- Tie loose branches in bundles no longer than 4 feet in length and weighing no more than 50 pounds. No branches may exceed 4 inches in diameter.
- A maximum of 10 branch bundles per household will be collected per the overflow collection cycle (every 3 weeks).
- Do not place branches in your city issued black trash cart and place at least 2 feet away from black cart when setting bundles out for collection.
Dumpster Service Customers:
- Tie loose branches in bundles no longer than 4 feet in length and in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds. No branches may exceed 4 inches in diameter.
- A maximum of 5 bundles of branches can be placed in dumpsters at a time.
- Customers with more branches should hold those branches for their next LIP collection. During LIP week, residents may place up to 10 branch bundles (meeting the above standard) in the alley, at least 4 feet from their dumpster.
Option 2: Recycling
Residents wishing to recycle their branches or to remove them from their property sooner may bring their branches to the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-Off center located at Quebec and Cherry Creek Drive South:
Tuesday – Friday, 11:00AM - 5:30PM
Saturdays, 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Branches may not be left at other times.
Large Limb Disposal
(bundles more than 4 ft. long & more than 50 lbs.)
Public Works, Solid Waste Management may provide a tree debris drop-off site for residents only.
If a debris drop-off site is not available, property owners can dispose of tree debris at a landfill or hire a contractor(PDF, 156KB) to remove the debris.