[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of El Paso as Ch. 12.16 of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
It is unlawful to plant any tree or bush in any public street or parkway or other public place without having secured a permit therefor. Applications for such permits shall be made to the City Clerk and referred by him to the Director of Public Service before issuance. All trees and shrubs so planted shall be placed subject to the direction and the approval of the Director of Public Service.
It is unlawful to remove or cut down any tree or shrub in any such public place without having obtained a permit therefor. Applications for such permits shall be made to the City Clerk and shall be referred to and approved by the City Council before issuance.
It is unlawful to attach any sign, advertisements or notices to any tree or shrub now growing in any such public place, street or parkway.
It is unlawful to injure any tree or shrub planted or growing in any such public place.
It is unlawful to attach any wire or rope to any tree or shrub in any public street, parkway or other public place without the permission of the Council. Any person or company who or which maintains poles and wires in the streets, alleys or other public places shall, in the absence of provision in the franchise concerning the subject, keep such wires and poles free from and away from any trees and shrubs in such places as far as may be possible, and shall keep all such trees and shrubs near such wires and poles properly trimmed, subject to the supervision of the Director of Public Service, so that no injury shall be done either to the poles or wires or to the shrubs and trees by their contact.
Any person or company maintaining any gas pipe in the City shall keep such pipes free from leaks so that no injury shall be done thereby to any trees or shrubs.
In making excavations in the streets or other public places, proper care shall be taken to avoid injury to the roots of any tree or shrub, wherever possible.
[Added 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter may be subject to the general penalty provisions of the Municipal Code (see Chapter 1, Article IV). In addition, said person, firm or corporation may be required to remove any tree, plant or structure in violation of the provisions of this chapter, with the costs to be borne by the person, firm or corporation in violation.