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Can I trim or cut down a city tree?
Many resident s think that a tree in front of their home is theirs to maintain or remove. This is not the case. Any tree planted in the right of way, including those planted by homeowners, become property of the city of Pontiac and are subject to the rules outlined in the city tree ordinance (Ordinance 2003-0-19). Public trees can only be maintained by city personnel or those authorized by the city to complete such work.

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1. I plant a tree in the right of way in front of my house?
2. Is the tree in front of my house a city tree?
3. Can I trim or cut down a city tree?
4. What is the process for getting a tree removed?
5. The city says they won’t remove my tree; do I have options to have it removed?
6. How do I make a request for service of a tree?