Brandon Property Owners Urged to Keep Laneways Free of Overhanging Tree Obstructions

June 3, 2016


Brandon, MB –  With the City of Brandon’s annual tree trimming and pruning program well underway, residents and homeowners are also being asked to do their part to ensure city back lanes and right-of-ways are free from overhanging trees or shrubs that may cause obstructions for sanitation trucks and other City of Brandon service and emergency vehicles.

As per City of Brandon Traffic By-law No. 5463, trees and shrubs originating on private property are the sole responsibility of the property owner and should be trimmed so as to not create obstructions for pedestrians or vehicles in back lanes or on right-of-ways.

All residents are encouraged to take note of specific requirements for tree and shrub trimming within the City of Brandon Traffic By-law, which can be found on the City of Brandon website here. However, it is important to note that in accordance with Manitoba Conservation tree pruning guidelines, elm trees specifically are not to be trimmed until after July 31st annually.

Property owners with trees currently identified by City of Brandon Sanitation staff as problematic along sanitation routes have been sent letters this week, indicating a requirement to trim the offending tree or shrub to remove any obstruction. Property owners who do not comply with the indicated requirements will be subject to action from the City of Brandon’s By-law Enforcement division. As per the Traffic By-law, any property owner who is given notice to trim a tree, sapling, or shrub and does not comply may be fined. The cost borne by the City to do such work may also be charged to the property owner.

If you have received a letter from the City of Brandon on the above matter or you wish to know more about the matter of tree and shrub obstructions in back lanes and along right-of-ways, please contact the City of Brandon Sanitation Section at 204-729-2281 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The City of Brandon thanks all property owners in advance for their cooperation in keeping the community’s back lanes and right-of-ways safe for all.