Tree roots have lifted my sidewalk. What can I do?

Tree roots can damage sidewalks or other physical infrastructure if not planted in an adequate space.  If your sidewalk has started to lift, short term solutions include applying an asphalt patch or grinding down the raised portion to smooth out any tripping hazards.  Another solution is to replace the damaged portion of the sidewalk; the City Engineering Department (701-355-1505) must be contacted for more information on requirements for sidewalk replacement. 

If sidewalk replacement does take place, Forestry staff will inspect the roots of the tree when the defective concrete has been removed and work with the contractor to determine a solution.  There are many options to work around the tree and in most cases the tree will not require removal.

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1. Who is responsible for street tree pruning/maintenance?
2. Can I remove a street tree?
3. Can I plant trees in the boulevard?
4. Tree roots have lifted my sidewalk. What can I do?
5. I believe tree roots are clogging my sewer pipes. What can I do?
6. What can I do about tall grasses and weeds in my neighborhood?
7. Why do I need a permit to plant a street tree?
8. Does the City control dandelions?
9. My street tree has a broken branch, who do I call?
10. Why is my evergreen tree turning yellow and brown on the inside?
11. How can I report Leafy Spurge infestations?
12. Why are large stature trees recommended for planting in boulevard spaces 7 feet wide or larger?
13. How do trees benefit my neighborhood?
14. Can I prune branches off my neighbor’s tree overhanging my property?
15. What is the height requirement for clearance over streets and sidewalks?
16. Why must all companies that charge for tree pruning or removal service in Bismarck be licensed?
17. Can the Forestry Division recommend a licensed arborist to perform tree work on my property?
18. Where can I connect with other Volunteers?