Trees and Shrubs
Derby’s property owners are essential partners in preserving and maintaining our community forest. Trees help make our city healthy and attractive. We all benefit from our combined efforts to protect and care for the trees in Derby.
Many streets in Derby’s neighborhoods are lined with trees located between the curb and sidewalk, an area of land known as the public right-of-way. As trees age, they need more maintenance and care.
The Derby Municipal Code says homeowners are responsible for maintenance of trees on this right-of-way (ROW) property.
In ROW areas, homeowners or an arborist they hire are required to:
To help maintain and protect street trees and the community forest, homeowners are encouraged to:
City parks staff manage trees and landscaping at public facilities, parks and along major arterial streets to ensure safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians. This includes trimming along the hike and bike path system to ensure cyclists, joggers and walkers have pathways free of obstructions.
If you have questions about tree and shrub management or if you have been affected by the City’s maintenance in the ROW, contact Derby Parks Director Steve White at 788-0301.
To notify us of problem areas, call Code Enforcement Officer Brent Lichti at
For questions concerning public right-of-way maintenance or tree and shrub pruning requirements, contact Public Works at 316-788-0301 for assistance.
Thank you for your continued efforts to maintain our beautiful community forest.