Can I remove a street tree?

No person may remove a tree from the boulevard for the purpose of construction, or for any other reason, without first filing an application and procuring a permit from the city forester.  Protecting and preserving our tree canopy is priority; particularly when it comes to mature trees.  Mature trees take a lifetime to grow and are not permitted to be removed unnecessarily.  Replacement of a removed tree is required in accordance with the adopted arboricultural specifications and standards of practice. The replacements shall meet the standards of size, species and replacement as provided for in the permit issued by the city forester. The cost of removal and replacement shall be borne by the property owner.

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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?