04 Dec Common Landscaping Violations – Trees
Common Landscaping Violations
All Cities have landscape maintenance standards. Property owners are responsible for maintaining their landscaping in compliance with these standards including regular mowing, edging, pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, watering, pesticide/herbicide treatment and exotic vegetation removal. Below is a list of the most common landscaping violations:
- Weeds, grass, and another non-protected overgrowth- The accumulation of weeds, grass or similar overgrowth in excess of eighteen (18) inches in height on a mowable lot is a violation. Missing and/or bare areas of lawn cover must be replaced and/or maintained.
- Tree Abuse- Commonly referred to as “hatracking” or trimming more than 50% of the foliage from a tree or creating numerous branch stubs of more than 3 inches in diameter is prohibited and shall be considered a violation.
- Tree Removal- No person shall cut down, remove, relocate, or destructively damage any tree as defined in section 27-404 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances without first obtaining a Tree Removal Permit from the Engineering and Community Development Department.
- Swales- The area immediately adjacent to the paved road surface extending to the right of way line or to the edge of the sidewalk is defined as the swale area. Swale areas shall not be obstructed in any manner unless permitted. The planting of trees is allowed in certain swale areas following the review and approval of a tree permit. It is unlawful to place loose gravel, rock, or other unbound materials.
- Landscaping encroaching on Right-of-way –Remove any landscaping material encroaching upon the public right-of-way.
- Parking on lawn surface prohibited. Remove all vehicles/boats/trailers from lawn.
For more detailed information regarding maintenance requirements, please ask for a copy of the city’s Landscape Maintenance Standards and check with your Homeowner’s Association to review other landscaping requirements for your property!
If you have found yourself with a landscaping violation, be sure to address the corrective items as soon as possible and contact your local municipality to verify compliance.
In the event, you have removed or planted trees without a permit and the City is now requiring one, Aruba Permit Services can help! Call us today for all your permit needs!