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Boulevard trees
What's a boulevard tree?

A boulevard tree is any tree that grows with the boulevard right-of-way and is considered property of the City. In a residential area, the boulevard right-of-way follows the street curb and reaches 15 feet into a yard. Also within the right-of-way are underground utility lines such as those for electric and cable services.

Permit needed for boulevard tree work

A permit is required in advance to do work on a boulevard tree. There is no fee for the permit. Work includes activities such as:
  • Tree planting
  • Spraying with pesticide or other chemical treatment
  • Fertilization treatment
  • Branch pruning
  • Tree removal 

Before doing any boulevard tree work, residents must submit an application for review by City forestry staff. In most cases, a site inspection will be necessary. An inspection is performed to make sure that the work being done is suitable for the location. For example, staff would review a tree species proposed for boulevard planting to make sure that that species is appropriate for that site or would not interfere with street safety.

Also, if a chemical treatment is proposed, the product and application method would be reviewed for personal and environmental safety. By ordinance, boulevard trees may not be treated by soil drenching -- only soil injection or trunk injection is allowed.

Download a permit application
The Boulevard Tree Work Permit Application is available in two formats:

You can also arrange to pick up a paper copy of the application by calling (952) 895-4508.

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