The City of Roswell does not have the legal authority to require the removal of trees that are located on private property unless the trees threaten public property (public streets, sidewalks, school yards, public parks and other public property). When there is a dispute between neighbors about a perceived hazardous tree, this is a civil issue and the City of Roswell will not intervene.
If a tree fails from your neighbor’s property onto yours, that too is a civil matter. However, each property owner is responsible for cleaning up any debris on their property.
In general, you have the right to cut any part of a neighbor’s tree that is over your property as long as you don’t permanently damage the tree. However, you may want to notify your neighbor beforehand to avoid legal problems.
It is recommended that property owners contact a tree removal service, an arborist, their homeowner’s insurance company or an attorney for advice on how to handle these situations.
Trees on Your Property
A tree removal permit may be required to remove a tree on your property. Please review the Tree Removal Permit Application or contact the Arborist/Landscape Architect at 770-594-6293 for questions regarding tree removal and permitting of such.
All property owners/residents in the River Corridor (property within 2,000 feet of the Chattahoochee River) must contact the Arborist/Landscape Architect at 770-594-6293 or the Planning & Zoning office at 770-871-6720 before removing any trees.