Why does the city deny street tree planting permits?
The city will deny a street tree planting permit if it does not meet their standard criteria. Trees must be planted to the following specifications:
- 7.5 feet to 10 feet from underground utility lines (*spacing dependent upon tree size)
- 10 feet to 15 feet from power poles
- 15 feet from street lights
- 30 feet from a corner curb

In addition, your planting strip must be wide enough to accommodate the species you chose (see minimum planting strip widths on the available trees list). The city does not allow trees in planter strips between the curb and sidewalk if the planter strip is narrower than 4 feet. Trees planted under power lines must be less than 25 feet at maturity (small shade tree).

The city will also consider the proximity of other trees in the area, make sure new trees are planted far enough apart that they have room to grow, and make sure they are not too close to structures like driveways. Not all locations are suitable for a tree. If your street tree permit is denied, we may be able to work with you to select a more appropriate tree for your planting strip (depending on species availability). You are allowed to apply for up to three (3) trees, so consider all of the available planting locations around your property before completing your application.

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1. Do I need a permit to plant a street tree?
2. How do I know if my planting spot is in the right-of-way?
3. Why do I need to locate underground utilities before getting a street tree permit?
4. How do I avoid hitting an underground utility line when I dig my planting hole?
5. Why does the city deny street tree planting permits?
6. Can I plant a tree under power lines?