There are three main points to remember when trimming trees on adjacent properties:
- You can trim any overhanging tree branch back to the property line, without trespassing onto your neighbor’s property.
- You cannot damage your neighbor’s property; in this case their tree
- You have the right to maintain your property in a safe condition
It is often not possible to trim branches back to the property line while simultaneously making a proper pruning cut. This can result in damage to your neighbor’s tree, and you may be held liable. Consult your neighbor before making any cuts, and use an ISA certified arborist to perform any and all tree work. The City of Coquitlam will not act as mediator between neighbours in these instances.