The topped tree was here when I purchased the house. Am I still responsible to fix it?

Yes.

In some cases, the tree can be repaired by restoring the canopy through structural pruning. In other cases, the tree may have to be removed and replaced. If it is a street tree (a tree between the curb and the street) you may be eligible for the 50-50 Street Tree Program which helps residents with some of the costs associated with removing and replacing street trees. You will need a free tree permit to be eligible.  

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1. What is a street tree?
2. Who is responsible for maintaining street trees and sidewalks?
3. Can I do the tree work myself or have my gardener do this?
4. Why do I need a tree permit?
5. What criteria do you use to decide if a permit for tree removal will be approved?
6. How long does it take for a tree permit to get approved or denied?
7. What is tree topping?
8. The topped tree was here when I purchased the house. Am I still responsible to fix it?
9. This tree has been pruned like this (topped) for years. Why did I receive a notice about it now?
10. The tree is alive, why do I need to remove it?
11. How do I report a tree down on the sidewalk or street?
12. Tips for hiring tree professionals
13. What if I am concerned or would like to file a complaint about a neighbor’s tree?
14. Can I plant a street tree?