Yes, we have a free planting permit. The permit details all the spacing requirements and other restrictions to ensure your new tree can thrive. Forestry staff will inspect the site before final approval, then you’ll be ready to plant.
Does the forestry division prune the street trees or is that the home owner's responsibility?
All trees on public property are to be maintained by the City Forestry Division or contractor approved by the City Forester. Homeowners are responsible for any vegetation growing into the city right-of-way that is obstructing safe travel of pedestrians and/or traffic.
I need to have trees in my yard either pruned or removed, who can I call?
Why do I need permission from the Forestry Division to plant a street tree?
Permission from the City Forestry Division to plant a street tree is required by City Ordinance. The Forestry Division regulates the planting of street trees for several reasons, including:
Location: The location for planting individual trees along the street right-of-way is selected by the forestry staff to ensure that the tree(s) will not interfere with water lines, utility lines, traffic signals, site-distance at intersections and other trees.
Species: Only species approved by City Forestry may be planted along the street right-of-way. Only those trees approved by Forestry personnel may be planted at a given site. The forester considers the space available along with other factors such as proximity to neighboring trees and overhead wires to recommend trees that are best suited for each site.
Inventory: Newly planted trees are kept on record to help keep our tree inventory current.