Trees too close to power lines can become a hazard and contribute to power outages. Tree limbs falling on overhead utility lines during a storm are among the most common causes of power outages. DP&L wants to work with customers to maintain the safety and reliability of your electric service.

Routine Trimming Policy

Our tree trimming contractors will chip debris created by our normal trimming activity (less than 4 inches in diameter), but leave the logs (greater than 4 inches in diameter) stacked at the base of the tree from which they came. These logs are cut to handling length and left for the property owner's use.

As part of routine maintenance, contractors will clear away vegetation located within 10 feet of utility poles and other DP&L equipment.

Emergency Trimming Policy

When tree trimming is necessary during a storm or emergency restoration, we do not remove the debris.

Our crews must work quickly to restore power to all of our customers. Our crews cut broken and uprooted trees so DP&L can make repairs to our lines. Brush and wood are left at the property so that we can proceed with our restoration work.

In these emergency situations, your community's public works department, private trash collectors or a professional tree-removal service can lend assistance and advice regarding the disposal of brush and other debris.

Trees and Plants on Your Property

It is the responsibility of the property owner to keep the service line—the wire(s) that run from the pole to your home or business—clear. We recommend hiring a professional tree service to do this trimming.

DP&L will assist the tree trimmer by temporarily shutting off power to the service line so that work can be performed safely. There is no charge for this service.

Customers can call DP&L at 937-331-4860 a few days in advance of the work to schedule an appointment.

Underground Lines

In neighborhoods where power lines are located underground, transformers and other above-ground equipment are used to connect service. These facilities require periodic maintenance and access to restore service during outages.

A 10-foot clearance is required from the front of the equipment and a 3-foot clearance is needed around the back and the sides.


Please plan your landscaping with these clearances in mind. Be sure to consider how much the landscaping will spread as it matures. We must trim or remove vegetation or structures that encroach on these clearances.


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