Tree management

STORMS AND YOUR TREES

** For any downed tree, limb and other EMERGENCY tree situations, please CALL 911 immediately. If a tree or part of a tree has fallen and is obstructing or completely blocking a street, CALL 911 immediately. ** 

Public trees are located within the city street right-of-way and are protected by the Charlotte Tree Ordinance. Public trees are maintained by the city's Landscape Management group.

For non-emergency public tree issues, use this formto report damage to a tree, report a hanging tree limb or request a tree health/condition assessment. Please enter the street location and include a house number. You may also use the CLT+ app or call 311 (704-336-7600 if calling from outside Mecklenburg County).

How we respond during storms

Landscape Management's first priority during storm response is to clear roads of debris to provide, at minimum, single-lane access for first responders along major thoroughfares and at priority sites such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations and MEDIC stations. Once these areas are cleared, Landscape Management will focus on clearing single-lane access on secondary roads and all-lane access for non-emergency vehicles. This includes driveways, sidewalks, bike lanes, etc.  

Downed utility lines

Per federal safety regulations, city tree crews cannot work near downed utility lines of any kind. Debris-clearing could be delayed due to coordination with utility companies.

​​Downed tree and limb requests map

​​​Trees and limbs fall throughout the year, even in calm weather. The map below displays downed tree and limb requests received in the past 14 days for trees that are blocking a road or downed trees/limbs in the city's right-of-way. The map does not include routine requests for tree maintenance. 

  
  
6/1/2020 1:00 PM1 June 2020 100 pm Storm Response Event Summary
6/1/2020 8:30 PM1 June 2020 830 pm Storm Response Event Summary
6/2/2020 4:00 PM2 June 2020 400 pm Storm Response Event Summary

Storm FAQs

Look for these tell-tale signs:

  • There are large dead branches in the tree.

  • There are mushrooms growing around the trunk or roots.

  • There are large cavities or holes in the trunk or main branches.

  • Leaves are dropping in the summertime.

  • Seek a professional. Find a professional arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.

  • Make sure you're covered. When hiring a tree company, always get copies of general liability and worker's compensation insurance from the provider. Tree maintenance is a dangerous profession. These policies ensure that you won't be held liable for injuries that take place on your property.

  • Do your homework. Consult the Better Business Bureau, Angie's List or other references before hiring a tree management company.

Shelter in a safe location and follow instructions by local law enforcement. Call 911 for any life-threatening situations or to report limbs or trees blocking roadways.

  • Safety first! Stay clear and look for dangerous hanging limbs, downed utility lines, broken branches and other failures before starting cleanup. Keep other people away from areas beneath and around damaged trees by cordoning off the area with caution tape, rope and/or traffic cones.

  • Watch out for scam artists. People claiming to be tree specialists can show up at your house after a storm. Do your homework, check references and make sure the business is legitimate.

For any downed tree, limb and other EMERGENCY tree situations, please CALL 911 immediately. If a tree or part of a tree has fallen and is obstructing or completely blocking a street, CALL 911 immediately.

For non-emergency public tree issues, use this form to report damage to a tree, report a hanging tree limb or request a tree health/condition assessment. Please enter the street location and include a house number. You may also use the CLT+ app or call 311 (704-336-7600 if calling from outside Mecklenburg County).

​The City will clear debris from trees within city limits. If the tree that fell originated from private property, the City will only clear debris from the right of way. They will put the debris back on the property where the tree was growing. The rest of the debris is the responsibility of the property owner. 

​Contact your insurance company and hire a tree company to remove the tree from your property and dispose of the debris that is on your property. The city will clean up the remaining debris located in the street right of way. Contact City of Charlotte Risk Management to file a claim at claims@charlottenc.gov​ or 704-336-3301.

​No. Trees from private property are a civil matter. You must work with your neighbor to have the tree removed.​

​City staff will only respond to downed trees inside city limits. If you live outside city limits, you need to call the town you live in. If you live in unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County, call the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) at 704-244-8260 or dial 911.

​No. Those trees are the responsibility of the homeowner.

​Storms generate a large number of citizen requests with varying degrees of urgency and severity. Our first goal is to ensure all streets are open and free of debris. Please be patient, and a crew will be back to clean up the rest of the debris as quickly as possible.

Per federal guidelines, the City does not work around any type of utility lines. Please contact Duke Energy, Spectrum or the appropriate phone company to report downed lines.