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Tree and Debris Removal

A tree from Park Authority owned property falls onto my property.  What do I do? 

In most cases, if a tree falls on your property as a result of a natural disaster, the cost of removing the tree and any debris is your responsibility. This should be reported to your homeowner's insurance company, and they will provide guidance on what you should do. Do not assume the County of Fairfax will arrange for tree removal.

Even though the tree may have fallen from Park Authority property, you will need to remove all associated tree debris from the site. Placing any tree debris onto County property is prohibited.

Who is responsible for damages from a fallen tree located on County property?

In most cases, the Park Authority will not be responsible for any damages caused by fallen trees either live or dead.

Can I make a claim against the County for the fallen tree removal and damages?

A resident can file a claim at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/riskmgmt/citizenclaims.  An investigation will be completed to determine if the County of Fairfax is legally responsible.  Filing a claim or investigation of a claim does not constitute an acceptance of any responsibility or obligation on behalf of the County of Fairfax.

A tree from Park Authority property is hanging over my property. It hasn’t fallen, but it is posing a danger to the property and my family. What should I do?

Contact the Park Authority at 703-324-8594, TTY 711 to report any dead trees or those that present a hazard. After hours, leave a message.



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