File #: Int 0800-2024    Version: * Name: Tree maintenance prioritization
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Parks and Recreation
On agenda: 4/11/2024
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to tree maintenance prioritization
Sponsors: Nantasha M. Williams, Kevin C. Riley, James F. Gennaro, Lincoln Restler, Linda Lee, Susan Zhuang, Chris Banks, Kalman Yeger , Shekar Krishnan, Diana I. Ayala, Althea V. Stevens, Eric Dinowitz, Mercedes Narcisse, Farah N. Louis, Tiffany Cabán, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Alexa Avilés, Jennifer Gutiérrez, Kristy Marmorato
Council Member Sponsors: 19
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks) to develop criteria by which they prioritize tree maintenance, taking into account the likelihood of potential harm to persons or property, whether a tree or limb that has already fallen is still capable of causing harm, and the proximity of a damaged tree or limb to nearby buildings. Parks must also post a description of the criteria used to prioritize tree maintenance on its website.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 800, 2. Int. No. 800, 3. April 11, 2024 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-11-24

Int. No. 800


By Council Members Williams, Riley, Gennaro, Restler, Lee, Zhuang, Banks, Yeger, Krishnan, Ayala, Stevens, Dinowitz, Narcisse, Louis, Cabán, Brooks-Powers, Avilés, Gutiérrez and Marmorato


A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to tree maintenance prioritization


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 18 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 18-104.1 to read as follows:

§ 18-104.1 Trees and vegetation; prioritization of maintenance. a. The commissioner shall develop criteria, including a rating system, for the prioritization of maintenance of trees within the commissioner’s jurisdiction. The criteria shall include the following:

1. The likelihood that a tree or limb is in imminent danger of falling and causing harm to a person or to property;

2. The potential for damage that a falling tree or limb may cause to nearby persons or property;

3. Where, in the event that a tree or limb has already fallen, the potential exists for further damage to persons or property should the tree or limb not be removed in a timely manner; and

4. Whether a tree limb is within, or will imminently be within, a distance of 5 feet from any building or structure.

b. Upon the creation of the criteria described in subdivision a of this section, the department shall post on its website a description of the process used and the factors considered by the department, and by any person authorized by the department, to determine how tree maintenance is prioritized.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.


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3/12/2024 11:45 AM