Trees on Private Property vs. Public Right-of-Way
A private tree is described as a tree whose trunk is entirely on private property.
A tree in the public right-of-way is described as a tree located in a public right-of-way, park, or other area to which the city has control or title. Usually these trees are between the sidewalk and curb in tree pits.
Public right-of-way widths vary by street throughout the City. Listed below are three general categories that define a street tree. If you are unsure whether or not the tree in question is a street tree and requires a permit, contact the call the Urban Forest administrator at 576-2582 for clarification.
Trees in the following locations are considered street trees and require a permit for planting, removal and pruning.
- A tree lawn is the area between the curb and sidewalk and is usually planted with trees, grass and other landscaping.
- A tree pit is a square or rectangle cut out of the pavement between the curb and sidewalk.
- Trees in the area behind sidewalk, closer to private property, MAY be considered street trees.
City Trees Contact Numbers
Street Tree Concerns:
General Tree Questions:
Herbert W. White
Urban Forest Administrator