Tree Trimming

Planting trees in the right-of-way

Residents are not permitted to plant trees within the right-of-way. Permits will not be issued. Ohio Revised Code 5529.11 does allow the Board of Trustees, by a permit request in writing, to authorize the owners of property adjoining township roadways, at their own expense, to plant trees and shrubs along such roadways, subject to approval. Trees illegally planted in the right-of-way may cause damage to public utilities or create a safety issue if the tree branches overhang the roadway.

Subdivision right-of-way trimming

Road crews trim overhanging branches seasonally to ensure travel safety. Many oversized vehicles such as school buses, emergency vehicles, snow plows, mail delivery, and trash trucks may be damaged if tree branches are not trimmed regularly. Trees on private property and within the right-of-way are primarily the responsibility of the property owner. Miami Township does trim branches overhanging the roadway if the property owner does not properly maintain the trees.


The township is divided into zones for right-of-way tree trimming in subdivisions. Alternating zones are trimmed each year so that all streets receive attention within a 5-year cycle. Guidelines crews use while trimming:

  • Residents are encouraged to trim trees back from the roadway before township crews begin work. Township crews are respectful in trimming, but do not trim for an aesthetic appearance.
  • Trees will be vertically trimmed from the back of the curb edge or right-of-way to a minimum height of 14 feet.
  • Shrubs and trees that block motorists' sight at intersections and at traffic  ights will be trimmed.
  • Shrubs and trees that overhang sidewalks within 8 feet of clearance in the right-of-way will be trimmed.

CLICK to view sample notice and trimming specifications.

Montgomery County Solid Waste District

Montgomery County residents may dispose of yard waste free of charge at:

Montgomery County Solid Waste District Transfer and Recycling Facility
1001 Encrete Lane
Moraine, OH, 45439

Drop-off hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.