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Posted on: November 2, 2017

Reminder: Belfast City Code of Ordinance, Shade Tree Removal

Just a reminder that the Belfast City Code of Ordinance, Chapter 50, Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Spaces, Article IV, Shade Tree Removal, states that no person shall prune, plant, cut down, remove, or alter a public shade tree or a public tree unless that person has first obtained the consent of the tree warden for those actions.

Any person who violates the provisions of this article, or fails to seek approval of a request pursuant to this article, shall commit a civil violation for which a penalty may be assessed as follows:

(1) A penalty of up to $500 may be adjudged for the cutting down or removal of any public shade tree or public tree in violation of this article.

(2) A penalty of up to $250 may be adjudged for any pruning, planting, or altering of a public shade tree or public tree in violation of this article.

The penalties set forth may be adjudged, upon complaint, by the municipality to the District Court or the Superior Court.

If you have any questions regarding a tree on your property that maybe within the City’s Right of Way please contact the City Manager’s Office at 338-3370 ext. 110 before removal, pruning or altering.

All Ordinances can be viewed on the City website at www.cityofbelfast.org.
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