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Street Tree Permit

This permit is required for planting a new tree, pruning or maintaining an existing tree located in the City's right of way. 

Plan Your Project

What You Should Know

  • This permit is required for planting a new tree, pruning, or maintaining an existing tree located in the City's right of way. 
  • Removal or replacement of existing trees in the City's right of way must be requested through the Get It Done app.  
  • New trees must be selected from the PDF icon Street Tree Selection Guide


Street Tree Permits are “No-Fee” permits and do not require payment of any fees.  


All permits are subject to City inspections.

Compliant Outdoor Expansion

Apply for a Permit

Step 2

Read the PDF icon requirements for PDF file uploads.

Not following the PDF requirements will delay project review and approval.

Step 3

Obtain or complete the following documents:

  1. A site construction plan must be submitted at the time of application, including: 

    1. A plot plan showing the location of the new trees in relation to the property lines.
    2. Spacing from existing street trees.
    3. Sidewalks, curbs, driveways and parkways widths.
    4.  Any underground and overhead utility lines and boxes.
  2. As applicable, photos of the site.


Your PDF documents MUST meet our upload requirements. See Step 2 for more info.

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Step 5

Apply for the permit

You will be required to upload the completed documents from Step 3 at the time of application. Submitting without all the requirements will result in delays.Ste