Begin a Native Planting

Native Plantings Ordinance

The City has language specifically related to native plantings in its ordinances. To read the related ordinance, click here and go to section 7-1-9. Native prairie or other native habitat plantings are referred to as meadow vegetation in this document. Native plants used in a typical manicured garden are not regulated by this ordinance.

The following is a summary of the requirements of the native planting ordinance. Native plantings will be allowed as landscaping if they meet the following criteria:

  • A landscape plan is submitted to the City and approved prior to the commencement of the project. More information on landscape plan requirements is listed below.
  • The prior vegetation is eliminated and the native vegetation is planted through transplanting or seed by human or mechanical means.
  • If weeds cover more than 25% of the planting, it must be cut to a height of no more than 8 inches at least once per year.
  • The area is clearly defined by edging, fence, or similar material. A native planting that directly abuts at least a mower’s width of mowed and maintained turf grass will be considered to have adequate edging.
  • If on sloped ground, the native planting must have adequate erosion control measures installed while it establishes.
  • The area does not extend into the public right of way.
  • A sign is posted on the property in a location likely to be seen by the public, advising that a meadow or prairie is being established. This sign is required only if the planting is in an area likely to be seen by the public. This sign must be in addition to any sign permitted by the sign ordinance but must be no smaller than 10 inches square, no larger than one square foot, and no higher than 3 feet tall. The sign is no longer required when weeds cover 25% or less of the area.

Submit a Landscape Plan for Native Plantings

The City requires residents to submit a landscape plan for their native prairie planting prior to installation. Planting plans will be reviewed and approved within 10-15 business days. Please use the following document for your landscape plan or make sure your landscape plan contains all of the same information.

Native Planting Landscape Plan (PDF)

Native Planting Landscape Plan (.doc) 

The plan will help the City track native plantings and respond quickly if there are questions or concerns from other residents about the planting. Please submit all native planting plans to Linnea Wier via email or mail to 13713 Frontier Court, Burnsville, MN 55337

Pollinator Lawn Ordinance

The City code regarding traditional lawns applies to pollinator lawns as well (Section 7-1-9-2). Residents must maintain their pollinator lawn to a height of 8 inches or less. All lawn clippings generated from periodic mowing must be kept out of the street and storm drain, to protect water quality. Note: no landscape plan or City approval is needed to install a pollinator lawn.