Live Christmas Trees banned in Center City Condos

Live Christmas Trees banned in Center City Condos

The first live Christmas tree ban went into effect in 1952. Anyone who lives in a multifamily complex or condo building in Center City and the whole of Philadelphia county is not supposed to have a live Christmas tree that has been cut from it's roots.

In 1997 the code was modified to exempt single and twin homes, rowhouses and duplexes.  To have this reminder to obey the law, banning live trees does carry a fine. Anyone who refuses to take down their live Christmas tree after being ordered to do so by fire officials, can be subject to as much as $300 for each day after the fine. I am not sure if this actually enforced however, I live in a builiding that sends this reminder annually.

Councilman Jim Kenney sponsored the amendement, which the Fire Department had requested. It was passed in 1997 and the Fire Department sent a notice about the change to landlords and property management companies.  A Fire Department spokeperson stated that they are not trying to spoil the Christmas holiday, they are looking at this from a safety perspective. The ban is in place for other structures such as dormitories, skilled care facilities and nursing homes. Some public places such as building lobbies, libraries are also banned from having live Christmas trees.

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Dated: December 5th 2013
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