When making a claim against the City for property damage related to City trees, there are several factors that are considered in determining the City’s responsibility. Some of these factors include:

  • Whether there was any visible evidence of decay prior to the incident
  • Whether the City was put on notice or was aware of the condition of the tree prior to the incident
  • If the City was aware of the condition of the tree, whether the City’s inspection and maintenance activities were reasonable

The mere fact that a City tree caused damage does not warrant automatic compensation from the City. An investigation will look into the history of the tree to consider all factors.
If the tree/limb failure occurred as a result of a storm event, then the City will not be responsible for your property damage.