Pruning a neighbor's tree
April 2, 2007 12:47 PM Subscribe
A neighbor's tree (in DC) has several branches that grow over our yard. We'd like to trim the branches to give our garden some more sunlight. Do we need his permission?
posted by MrMoonPie to Law & Government (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Unfortunately, we don't get along very well with the neighbors. We've asked them for permission to do the pruning, and they initially said OK, but then changed their minds a week or so later (all this is in writing, by the way).
It's my understanding that we don't really need their permission--as long as the branches are, in fact, over our yard, and as long as we do a decent pruning job, we can do as we please.
Googling turns up all sorts of confirmations of this, but nothing specific—I want the actual DC law that says so. I'd like to print out the relevant DC code or regulation, in case the neighbor (or the police, at his beckoning) shows up at our door (or threatens to sue).
Can anyone refer me to the correct resource for this?