Hazardous Tree Removal

Forestry Division staff inspects the trees in parks, recreation areas, and along city streets to ensure the safety of those using these facilities and public areas. Trees determined to be structurally unsafe are removed at no charge to the adjacent property owner.

When a structurally unsafe boulevard tree is detected, the Forestry Division will notify the adjacent property owner. Sometimes these trees can be saved through proper bolting and/or cabling techniques. Homeowners then have the option to either save these trees at their own expense, using proper arboricultural techniques, or have the Forestry Division remove the unsafe tree at no charge.

Trees in parks, recreation areas and along city streets with large broken branches and split tree trunks should be reported to the Forestry Division immediately at (701) 355-1733.

Boulevard Tree Removal Policy and Permit

A Boulevard Tree Removal Permit is required before removing any tree from the street rights of way. Call the Forestry Division or fill out the online form to request a Boulevard Tree Removal Permit.
  • There is no charge for a Boulevard Tree Removal Permit.
  • The City Forester will determine if the request for removing a street tree is valid and reasonable before a Boulevard Tree Removal Permit is issued.
  • When a street tree is removed it is mandatory that the stump also be removed.
The Forestry Division will Remove the Boulevard Tree at no charge if:
  • The tree is more than 50% dead.
  • The tree is structurally unsafe due to natural causes.
  • The tree is infected with Dutch elm disease.
  • The tree is deemed unsafe due to root disturbance caused by the City of Bismarck.

Hazardous Tree Websites

  • How to Recognize Hazardous Defects in Trees
    • View the USDA Forest Service bulletin. This brochure was created to help home owners and land managers in recognizing hazardous defects in trees and to suggest possible corrective actions.
  • Storms Over the Urban Forest
    • This handbook is for use by municipal leaders, public works directors, urban forest managers, and state urban forestry coordinators. It provides a ready reference of up-to-date procedures in planning for and responding to natural disasters. It leads the way in re-greening the community. Cooperators: USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, USDA Forest Service, Southern Region,University of Illinois, Department of Forestry, Illinois Department of Conservation, Division of Forest Resources, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry.
  • There's Life in Hazard Trees
    • The objective of this information guide is to provide considerations regarding wildlife when making decisions during hazard tree assessments.
  • Tree Decay, an Expanded Concept
    • View the USDA Forest Service bulletin written by Alex Shigo.