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Dead Tree or Branches on Private PropertyFind more information from the following link(s):
If there are dead branches or a dead tree, department responsibility depends on the location of the tree. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has responsibility for trees on County property, Right of way, along roads, (see "Dead County Tree") while DHCA Housing Code Enforcement handles dead trees, branches on private property. It is the responsibility of the property owner where the tree is standing to maintain the tree. If a tree has fallen, the property owner is responsible for removing that portion of the tree that is lies on their property and the County cannot force a property owner to remove a fallen dead tree from a neighbor's property. If a property owner is unable to resolve a dispute regarding a dead tree that has fallen from an adjoining property, they should contact their homeowners insurance company. See Section 26-9(b)(5) of Chapter 26, Housing and Building and Maintenance Standards on the attached link for the Code reference. DHCA Housing Code Enforcement does not have jurisdiction inside the municipalities of Gaithersburg and Rockville. Complaints regarding rental properties within the City of Takoma Park are also handled by DHCA but complaints regarding commercial or owner occupied properties are handled by the City of Takoma Park.
To file a complaint, please provide a brief description of the problem, the address where the violation is occurring, along with a specific location (if applicable). The caller's name and phone number are requested so that the inspector can call and provide an update of their findings or, if this is a rental property, to schedule an appointment.
The exact property address of the alleged violation must be provided to file a complaint.
Online MC311 Portal users wishing to check on the status of an existing housing complaint or inspection, please click on the "Check Status of Complaint/Inspection" link below and follow the directions for further information.
Chapter 26 - Housing and Building Maintenance StandardsCheck Status of Complaint/Inspection