Help with Hazardous Tree Removal
In 2009, the DC Council established the Income Contingent Hazardous Tree Mitigation Program with the intention of providing assistance with the removal of a hazardous tree on an owner's private property. The program requirements were developed to facilitate appropriate participation in the program, and are detailed below. Additional details regarding the Income Contingent Hazardous Tree Mitigation Program can be located in 24DCMR§3706.
To be eligible for the Income Contingent Hazardous Tree Mitigation Program an applicant must:
1. Be the owner of a single-family dwelling in the District of Columbia that receives a homestead deduction on the single-family dwelling from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue.
2. Meet the income eligibility requirements of, and provide evidence of enrollment in, an income-contingent District government assistance program.
Once an applicant’s eligibility has been confirmed, DDOT’s Urban Forestry Division will:
1. Inspect the tree to determine whether the tree is a hazardous tree. The inspection shall be made by an Urban Forestry Division arborist, with the consent of the owner, within 30 days of the department’s receipt of a completed application.
2. Make a determination regarding the status of the tree.
a. Any tree found to be non-hazardous is not eligible for participation in the Income Contingent Hazardous Tree Mitigation Program. Notification of any determination shall be provided to the applicant within 15 days of the inspection.
b. Any tree found to be hazardous will be included in the Income Contingent Hazardous Tree Mitigation Program. DDOT’s Urban Forestry Division will mitigate the hazard by removing the defective part, or entire hazardous tree, at the discretion of the Urban Forestry Division.
Other important program details include:
1. DDOT shall not be responsible for the removal of any part of the hazardous tree that cannot be safely accessed by tree removal equipment or personnel in the sole discretion of the Urban Forestry Administration. The Department shall not be responsible for removing any hazardous tree debris from the owner’s private property or the abutting public parking when the hazardous tree debris cannot be safely removed in the sole discretion of the Urban Forestry Administration.
2. The owner shall hold harmless the District of Columbia and its officers, employees, and agents for any loss or damage to persons or property arising out of or in any way related to the Department’s activities contemplated under this section. To learn more about the program, or to initiate an application, please contact DDOT’s Urban Forestry Division by calling (202) 673-6813 or by visiting us online at https://ddot.dc.gov/page/ddot-urban-forestry