Trees in the public right-of-way can add beautiful landscaping to the street. Residents interested in planting trees in the public right-of-way must consider the issues below before planting, including:
|• City Regulations||• Visibility/Hazard issues||• Recommended Tree Species|
PERMIT APPLICATION please click HERE to view the full permit application with the approved species list
- Call MISS DIG at (800)482-7171 before planting trees in any location
- A City permit is required for working in the right-of-way
- Trees planted in the right-of-way must be at least 1 inch in diameter
- No tree shall be placed so as to cause a traffic hazard
- Trees shall be planted at least 30 feet apart
- No tree shall be planted where the space between the curb and sidewalk is less than 5 feet
- No tree shall be planted closer than 2 feet from the curb
RECOMMENDED SPECIES Please click HERE to view the recommended species list.
- Obstruction of overhead wires by future growth
- Traffic hindrances from branches when turning from driveways or intersections
- Possible interference to pedestrians/vehicles from hanging branches
- Possible sidewalk cracks from root system creating hazards for pedestrians
- Sufficient water, light, and care for tree in the right-of-way
After considering the Hazard issues above and deciding the location is suitable, consider the following recommended tree species.
- Red Maple
- Maidenhair Tree
- Thornless Honey locust
- Bradford Pear Tree
- Northern Red Oak
- American Liberty Elm
For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 616-538-1990.