Property Owner Maintenance of Park Strips & Sidewalks
As specified in City Code, property owners in Providence are responsible for maintaining the park strip adjacent to their properties and for keeping the sidewalk clear. The following sections are intended to help residents understand their responsibilities:Snow removal on sidewalks
Providence City Code 7-1-2 requires the removal of snow on sidewalks:
“Failure to Remove Unlawful: It shall be unlawful for the owner, occupant, lesser, or agent of any property, abutting on a paved sidewalk, to fail to remove, or have removed from such paved sidewalk, all hail, snow, or sleet hereon within a reasonable time after such snow, hail, or sleet has fallen.”
When removing snow, residents may not place the snow in the gutter or onto the city street. For additional regulations, please see the code section.
Trees and other vegetation
Trees and Vegetation
Property owners are required to trim trees and other vegetation so that it does not obstruct the sidewalk or the roadway (PCC 7-1-3.D). Trees are required to be trimmed 8 ft above the sidewalk and 14 ft above the roadway. (PCC 7-1-8.D.5).
Planting or removing trees, where allowed (see section on landscaping), requires a permit from the city. Tree varieties must be from the approved tree list, and must be planted according to the spacing requirements set forth in 7-1-8 (A), and the additional requirements in 7-1-8(D) (see above link for both code sections).
Property owners are required to “maintain the landscaping in a healthy, safe, attractive, and nuisance-free condition” (PCC 7-1-8(A)6).
Installing, planting and maintaining only approved landscaping materials
Landscaping the Park Strip
Providence City Code 7-1-8(A) specifies the landscaping material that is allowed for each width of park strip. Click here to view the code section.
|Park Strip Width||Landscaping Allowed|
|4′ or less||Grass, ground cover, annuals, perennials, bark, or wood chips, paving material, or decorative rock, gravel, or chips. Trees are not allowed .|
|Between 4ft and 6 ft||Grass, ground cover, annuals, perennials, bark, wood chips, paving material, or decorative rock, gravel, or chips, and may include trees. If trees are used, such trees shall be spaced no less than twenty five (25) feet apart and no greater than thirty (30) feet apart. Trees with a minimum caliper size of two (2) inches are recommended. (see Providence City for a complete list of approved trees and recommended ground cover).|
|6 ft+||Grass, annuals, perennials, bark, wood chips, decorative rock, and may include trees. If trees are used, such trees shall be spaced no less than twenty five (25) feet apart and no greater than thirty (30) feet apart. Trees with a minimum caliper size of two (2) inches are recommended. (see Providence City for a complete list of approved trees and recommended ground cover).|
Maintaining clear views on corners and driveways
Clear View Areas
Clear view areas must be maintained within 10 ft of the intersection of all driveways with a city right-of-way, and within 30 ft of the corner of a corner lot. There are specific regulations about vegetation, fencing, and any other obstruction that is allowed in a clear view area. Please see Providence City Code 10-9-2 for details.
Keeping the road & sidewalk clear of all obstructions
The sidewalk or street may not be obstructed, whether by vegetation, parked vehicles hanging over the sidewalk, or any other material. Please see Providence City Code 7-1-3.
How these ordinances will be enforced
Typically, those in violation of these sections will first receive a letter (see this example). Further measures will then be taken if necessary.
Regarding vegetation, if any owner or occupant fails to cut back or trim obstructions within three (3) days of receiving written notice from the City of a violation, the City may cut back the vegetation and may charge the owner or occupant for the costs of doing so. (PCC 7-1-3.D)
Providence City may also decide to pursue citations or any other measures allowed by law for violations of the above described code sections.