Roadside Tree & Vegetation Care Responsibilities

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While trees and vegetation in Hillsboro provide many benefits, roadside tree and vegetation maintenance is needed to ensure: 

  • Trees remain healthy
  • Drivers have unobstructed sight lines
  • Trucks and equipment can provide services
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can safely use sidewalks and streets

The Hillsboro Municipal Code Sections 6.16.020 and 9.18 outlines the roadside tree and vegetation care responsibilities of property owners, contractors, and the City. These responsibilities are aligned with core urban forestry standards and the City’s Tree City USA designation.

Property Owner Responsibilities
Contractor Responsibilities
City of Hillsboro Responsibilities
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  • Roadside Tree and Vegetation Care Frequently Asked Questions

    • Are these Roadside Tree and Vegetation Care responsibilities new?

    • What is the definition of a "private tree" and a "public street tree"?

    • What is the public right-of-way?

    • Why did the clear zone above the roadway increase from 13 to 15 feet?

    • What happens if I do not trim my trees and vegetation to meet the Municipal Code requirements?

    • When is the best time to plant and prune my trees?

    • What do trees have to do with water and air quality?

    • What is the best way to ensure newly planted trees will survive?

    • Can leaves be raked into the street? Does the City come by and pick them up?