Hazardous Tree Removal

Forestry Division staff inspects the trees in parks, recreation areas, and along city streets to ensure the safety of those using these facilities and public areas. Trees determined to be structurally unsafe are removed at no charge to the adjacent property owner.

When a structurally unsafe boulevard tree is detected, the Forestry Division will notify the adjacent property owner. Sometimes these trees can be saved through proper bolting and/or cabling techniques. Homeowners then have the option to either save these trees at their own expense, using proper arboricultural techniques, or have the Forestry Division remove the unsafe tree at no charge.

Trees in parks, recreation areas and along city streets with large broken branches and split tree trunks should be reported to the Forestry Division immediately at (701) 355-1700.

Boulevard Tree Removal Policy and Permit

A Boulevard Tree Removal Permit is required before removing any tree from the street rights of way. Call the Forestry Division or fill out the online form to request a Boulevard Tree Removal Permit.

  • There is no charge for a Boulevard Tree Removal Permit.
  • The City Forester will determine if the request for removing a street tree is valid and reasonable before a Boulevard Tree Removal Permit is issued.
  • When a street tree is removed it is mandatory that the stump also be removed.

The Forestry Division will Remove the Boulevard Tree at no charge if:

  • The tree is more than 50% dead.
  • The tree is structurally unsafe due to natural causes.
  • The tree is infected with Dutch elm disease.
  • The tree is deemed unsafe due to root disturbance caused by the City of Bismarck.

Sewer Lines and Trees

The City of Bismarck Public Works Department often receives calls from residents dealing with sewer backups. Many times the resident will find that tree roots have clogged their sewer service line and then make the request for the tree to be removed. There are several misconceptions with this approach. Read on...

Hazardous Tree Websites

  • Recognizing Tree Risk (PDF)
    • Learn to identify common tree defects that may indicate tree risk and understand how risk can be managed.  An International Society of Arboriculture publication.
  • Weathering The Storm (PDF)
    • Safe response to tree-related storm damage.  An International Society of Arboriculture publication.
  • Tree Risk Management (PDF)
    • A Purdue University Extension publication.
  • Avoiding Tree Damage During Construction (PDF)
    • Possible ways in which trees may be damaged during a construction project and methods for planning and facilitating the prevention of tree damage.  An International Society of Arboriculture publication.