The San Francisco Tree Dispute Resolution Ordinance is enacted for the following public purposes:
To create rights in favor of private property owners relating to the restoration of sunlight or views lost due to tree growth and to create a procedure for the resolution of disputes concerning those rights;
To promote all feasible means of energy conservation and all feasible uses of alternative energy supply sources;
To encourage the use of solar energy for heat and light, encourage food production in private gardens, and increase access to light and views of surrounding locale;
To preserve and promote the aesthetic and practical benefits which trees provide for individuals and the entire community; and
To discourage ill-considered harm to, or destruction of, trees.
This ordinance shall not be read to impair obligations imposed by an existing easement or a valid pre-existing enforceable covenant or agreement.
Nothing in this ordinance is meant to replace the peaceful, sensible, and just resolution of differences between neighbors acting in good faith.
It is not a purpose of this ordinance to facilitate or encounter the transmission of radio or television signals.
(Added by Ord. 445-88, App. 9/28/88)