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Tree Contractor Licensing

Any business that cuts, trims, prunes, removes, sprays or otherwise treats trees or shrubs in Burnsville must have a Tree Contractor License from the City.

**Download a list of Currently Licensed Tree Contractors.**


Application for Tree Contractor License

Download an Application for City Tree Contractor LicenseThe application along with a $40 license fee and required documentation should be submitted to the City Maintenance Facility, located at 13713 Frontier Court and open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


License Requirements

Credentials: 
Tree contractors are required to have at least one person on staff with certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Having credential(s) from the ISA demonstrates that the contractor has a professional arborist on staff with proper knowledge and training to perform tree-related work in a safe and appropriate manner.

Liability Insurance: As part of the license application, applicant must include proof of a liability insurance policy with coverage of at least $2 million for liability for bodily injuries to one person per accident, $2 million for the injury of two or more persons per accident, and of at least $2 million for damage or destruction of property. The policy may not be cancelled by the insurer without at least 10 days written notice to the City. If insurance is cancelled and license holder fails to obtain a replacement policy with the same liability limits, the license shall be automatically suspended.

Workers Compensation Insurance: License applicants must provide evidence of compliance with Minnesota's Workers' Compensation laws by providing the name of the insurance company, the policy number, and date of coverage. Learn more about Minnesota's Workers' Compensation Coverage.

Chemical Treatments: If applicant intends to use pesticides for treatment or disease control in trees, the applicant must provide proof that the applicant or an employee of the applicant must be licensed as a Certified Pesticide Applicator by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Note: All boulevard trees that will be chemically treated must be treated by means of spraying or trunk injection (no soil drenching).

Safety Regulations: All contractors licensed under the provisions of this section must abide by all ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations while operating as a business within the City limits.

Identification: At the time a license is issued, the applicant shall be furnished with a license or vehicle decal for each vehicle that will be used on any job site. License or vehicle decal must be displayed at all times while operating as a business within the City limits.

Revocation of License: Failure to comply with any requirement of the Tree Contractor License shall be grounds for revocation of the license by the City Council, following a public hearing.  Written notice of the public hearing shall be mailed to the current holder of the license at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing.  The notice shall outline the violation(s) considered by the city to be grounds for revocation and inform the current holder of the license of the opportunity to be heard at the public hearing. Any violation of the Code or provisions of any permit shall be a misdemeanor.

Solicitation: City Code 3-20-2 states that "it is unlawful for any peddler, solicitor, or transient merchant to engage in any such activity within the city without first registering with the police department in compliance with the provisions of this chapter. Registration does not exempt compliance with all other applicable local, state, and federal laws" (Ordinance 827, 8-20-2001).

License Expiration: All Tree Contractor Licenses expire on December 31st of license year and must be renewed for the next year by submitting a new application. Application with required documentation and $40 license fee can be submitted at theCity Maintenance Facility, located at 13713 Frontier Court and open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Questions? Contact the City Forester at (952) 895-4508.


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