Trees and Roofs


No tree is immune to storm damage, but with proper pruning, you can reduce the risk.
Remember that you must obtain a permit to prune and/or remove certain trees. View the City’s Codes online at or call Public Works at 305.673.7080 for more information.
Have your trees inspected by an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist to see if your trees need pruning; you can find a certified arborist on Do this as soon as possible, because they will be increasingly busy as the hurricane season approaches. It is the responsibility of the tree trimmer to remove all branches and debris from your residence when the job is finished. If you prune the trees yourself, be sure to dispose of organic waste properly.

Guidelines for residential property

Guidelines for commercial property

Most importantly, do it now. Once a storm is on its way, it is too late to prune.

Roof and Gutters

Inspect your roof for proper overflow drainage, especially on flat roofs. Make sure that all drains are clear of debris. Clogged drains will cause water to pool up on roofs and cause extensive damage. Check for loose rain gutters and drain spouts and secure them.