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Contact Numbers: Phone: 800-275-8777 Fax: 701-255-6963 TTY: 877-889-2457 Toll-Free: 1-800-Ask-USPS® (275-8777) Bismarck Downtown Post Office 220 E Rosser Ave Rm 112, Bismarck, ND 58501 uspspostoffices.com
The City of Bismarck maintains a plan to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. View more details of the Title VI Plan here: Title VI Plan
Bismarck has an Animal Impound Facility. The phone number is (701) 355-1994.
You can visit the school district at Bismarck Public Schools
City commission meetings are televised on Channel 12, Community Access TV and are rerun the following day at noon.
To get on the ballot, candidates must collect 300 signatures from Bismarck residents. Election administrators suggest collecting up to 350 signatures and turning in petitions at least one day before the deadline since some may be eliminated for not being from valid city residents. POST OFFICE BOXES ARE NOT CONSIDERED A VALID ADDRESS.
For more information, call Bismarck City Administration at 355-1300.
The City of Bismarck conducts a number of improvement projects every year. Some projects bring city services to new areas of the city. Other projects make repairs in older sections of Bismarck. All of this work is done with the help of Special Assessments.
Special assessments on private property pay for public improvements that benefit that property. Improvements that would bring special assessments fall under four main categories:1) storm sewer,2) sewer and water,3) paving and street lights, and4) sidewalk, curb and gutter.
When the City Engineering Department decides work needs to be done, they create a special assessment district which includes all property the city judges will benefit from the improvement project. The Board of City Commissioners approves each special assessment district. The district is then published in the city’s official newspaper, the Bismarck Tribune, two times over a two-week period.
Property owners have the right to protest the district when the improvements are not health-related, like those involving sewer and water. If it’s not a health-related improvement and 51 percent of the owners in the district protest the work, the project is cancelled.
Once the district is approved, the City Engineering Department takes bids on the project. When the project is completed, the construction costs are assessed against the benefiting property on ratios that depend on the work being done:1) storm sewer –assessed based on the square feet of the lot,2) sewer and water – this work is usually prepaid by the company or person developing new lots,3) paving and street lights – assessed on per-lot basis, and4) sidewalk, curb and gutter – based on the actual amount of sideway, curb and gutter.
Once the assessments are made on properties, they are published in the newspaper twice during a two week period. Property owners have the right to protest before the Special Assessment Commission, a three member board appointed by the City Commissioners. The Special Assessment Commission’s job is to make sure the assessments are spread fairly among properties, not whether the work should be done. If the property owner’s protest is unsuccessful, the owner may appeal that decision to the City Commission.
Special Assessments may be paid in full, or they will be billed to the property owner in installments. The installments will be spread over seven to 15 years, depending on the type of improvement. Notice of the installment due each year is sent to property owners on the property tax notices and the installment is paid along with property taxes through the Burleigh County Auditors Office. Partial payment is now accepted on special assessments or owners may pay off the full balance at the Special Assessments Office, 3rd floor, City/County Building, 221 N. 5th Street.
The local telephone number is (701) 221-5834.
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Social Security Office Address:
4207 Boulder Ridge Rd Suite 100
Bismarck, ND 58503
Getting an accurate count is vital to ensuring that our region receives its fair share of federal funding that is allocated based on the census. Estimates show that for each North Dakota resident not counted, North Dakota stands to lose $1,900 in federal funding annually, or $1,900 over the next ten years. This lost funding means less federal assistance for road and highway construction, social services and housing aid.
The Census also provides a resource for informed decision-making. Census data is used to help better our communities and region. This may include community initiatives, legislation, and quality-of-life advocacy. Local governments use the Census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses use Census data to decide where to build offices and stores, which creates jobs. Census data is also used to determine funding provided by federal and state agencies for social services and infrastructure projects.
The 2020 Census will be easier than ever. The U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, by phone, or by mail. You will be able to respond once you receive notification from the Census Bureau.
All people in each household will be counted based on where they reside on April 1, 2020. People who live in more than one location should count themselves at the location where they live and sleep most of the time. Be sure to count everyone living within the household, regardless of age, even if they are not family or related.
Each household will be asked to indicate the number of people living in the home as well as their sex, age, race and relationship to the person completing the Census for the entire household.
Yes. Federal law protects your Census responses. The U.S. Census Bureau never shares individual information with any other agencies or entities such as landlords, U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement or law-enforcement agencies.
For those who live in a rural area that normally receives mail at a P.O. Box, a Census form will be hand-delivered to households by a U.S. Census employee.
Based upon the nature of your call, Center personnel will dispatch the necessary responders.
The 9-1-1 System makes an important difference in our communities everyday. It is your first source of help in time of crisis and it can mean the difference between life and death. When used properly, 9-1-1 saves seconds and those seconds can save lives.
Until 2004, North Dakota’s PSAPs were only able to receive this information from traditional landline telephones (example: your home or business telephone). Now, all North Dakota PSAPs are capable of receiving similar enhanced information from wireless devices such as cell phones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) devices.
Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 is a term used for the system that routes an emergency call to the PSAP based upon the location of the tower handling the emergency call. Phase I of this system provides the 9-1-1 telecommunicator with the telephone number of the caller and the location of the tower handling the call. Phase II of the system provides actual coordinates (latitude / longitude) of the caller’s location that the PSAP uses to dynamically display on an electronic map. The futuristic view of the Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 system is Phase III that would provide an elevation to account for calls made from within multi-story buildings in urbanized areas.
Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 services are possible because of technological improvements made by the wireless carriers, traditional telephone companies, and the PSAPs to pass and receive that information. In North Dakota, the actual phone used to make the 9-1-1 call must have a GPS chip that communicates with satellites orbiting the earth to determine the caller’s location. The FCC requires that where Phase II information cannot be determined, the call must be routed to the PSAP with Phase I information.
The Burleigh County Commission adopted a resolution in July, 2001 extending the $1 fee requiring that all subscribers to cellular phone service in Burleigh County pay a $1 fee per month to their service provider which is then submitted to Burleigh County. All funds collected for 9-1-1 are forwarded to the County Treasurer.
NDCC allows a 9-1-1 fee to be collected up to $1.50 per subscriber line. Burleigh County currently remains at $1.00.
Additional funding for the overall operation of a public safety answering point comes from general funds of counties and cities as the tax collected on devices capable of accessing 9-1-1 does not cover the cost of the overall operation (which includes the dispatch and ongoing responder communications involved with responding to emergency calls).
CenCom has eight identical workstations, providing public safety communications services for the:
12-13-19. Parking Consecutively Over Forty-Eight Hours.
Any person violating this section is subject to a fine of Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) per each day of violation. A vehicle left parked or standing on any public street or highway for a consecutive period longer than forty-eight hours shall be considered abandoned for purposes of Section 12-13-23(k).
City Ordinance 12-13-19.1 addresses Parking of Campers and Trailers Limited. It is unlawful for anyone to park or leave standing on any public street or highway in the city any boat, snowmobile, bumper pull travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer,pull type camper, pickup camper, motor home, house car, bus, mini motor home, or trailer for a period longer than forty-eight hours consecutively.
Any person violating this section is subject to a fine of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) per each day of violation. A boat, snowmobile, bumper pull travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, pull type camper, pickup camper, motor home, house car, bus, mini motor home, or trailer left parked or standing on any public street or highway for a consecutive period longer than forty-eight hours shall be considered abandoned for purposes of Section 12-13-23(k).
Notwithstanding paragraph above, it is unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any boat, snowmobile, bumper pull travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, pull type camper, pickup camper, motor home, house car, bus, mini motor home, or trailer on the public right-of-way in any residentially zoned area from December 1 to March 31.
Any person violating this section is subject to a fine of One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150) per each day of violation. 12-13-19.1 Parking of Campers and Trailers Limited.
221 N. 5th St.Bismarck, ND 58506
Colored maps are $10 (46" x 50") and $20 (84" x 84"). These maps include zoning, subdivision names, streets,and lots/blocks. They are hanging on our walls for reference. A special custom map can be created through the GIS department, at an hourly rate.
You can either call the Planning Division at 355-1840 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and your opinion will be passed on through our staff to the commissioners. Those wishing to speak at public hearings are also encouraged to read the Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing Procedure and Protocol document.
This ordinance book is available on-line by clicking here: Title 14 Zoning
Outdoor warning sirens are one method used to alert citizens of a current or potential emergency. To provide a "tornado warning" is a typical use, but outdoor warning sirens may be used for other emergencies as well. When the sirens sound, go indoors, seek shelter, and monitor local media and your all hazards NOAA Weather Radio if you have one. Regarding Tornadoes The Outdoor Warning Sirens will be sounded when: - A confirmed funnel has been spotted within a 10 mile approach of the community, OR - A confirmed tornado has been spotted within a 10 mile approach of the community, OR - The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for eastern Morton and southwest Burleigh Counties to include the Cities of Mandan and Bismarck and/or Lincoln. Confirmation of a funnel cloud or tornado may occur through the National Weather Service, trained Law Enforcement Officers, or trained Weather Spotters. Remember, a Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado. The Outdoor Warning Sirens will not be sounded for a Watch. There is NO "All-Clear" sounded by the outdoor warning sirens. The all-clear will be made over NOAA Weather Radio, local radio stations, and cable TV. Note: The outdoor warning sirens are tested every Friday at noon until further notice, weather permitting.
The best place is in the center of the basement under a sturdy workbench or under the stairway. If you do not have a basement, go to the lowest level of a sturdy building and put as many walls between you and the outside as possible and avoid areas with exterior windows and doors. In a school or other large building, go to the lowest level and into a bathroom or a hallway near the center of the building. Stay away from large wide open rooms like an auditorium or gymnasium!
All citizens need to plan ahead to identify where they will shelter during a tornado watch and warning. The city of Bismarck does not own or operate emergency tornado shelters. Those who live in mobile homes or other vulnerable structures should discuss sheltering possibilities with nearby friends, neighbors, relatives, etc. The best time to relocate to the shelter area is during a tornado watch. Do not purposely wait until a tornado warning is issued. Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio to get your tornado watches and warnings as soon as possible. Even if you should happen to be sleeping, you can get the alert.
To inquire about roadway lights in your neighborhood, contact the Engineering Department at (701) 355-1505.
Relocation of a light pole can range from $700 to $2,000.
If you have a sidewalk you feel is hazardous, please contact the Engineering Department at (701) 355-1505
City ordinance 3-03-02.10 allows homeowners to have no more than three dogs and/or cats or combination thereof, six months of age or older. A special pet license with Bismarck’s Environmental Health Division is required if you wish to have more.
Bismarck zoning ordinance prohibits abandoned or unlicensed vehicles from storage outside of a closed building in any residentially zoned district. If you need to report an abandoned vehicle or unlicensed vehicle, click here: Nuisance Complaint
Section 14-05-05.1 of Bismarck zoning ordinance states: No person shall cause, permit, keep, accumulate or allow the accumulation of any commercial equipment, junk, refuse, surplus, scrap, salvage or other similar items outside of a closed building in any residentially-zoned district.
If you need to report junk stored outdoors, click here: Nuisance Complaint
The North Dakota Department of Health administers guidelines and regulations involving the handling and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. In many instances, a "Notification of Demolition or Renovation" form must be completed.
Yes, a food license is required when offering food to the public. For more information, contact Bismarck’s Environmental Health Division at 701-355-3400.
Finding the market value or true and full value of residential property involves determining the most probable price expressed in terms of money that a property would bring if exposed for sale in the open market in an arms-length transaction between a willing seller and a willing buyer, both of whom are knowledgeable concerning all the uses to which it is adapted and for which it is capable of being used. The Assessing Division reviews sales of homes in the City to determine market valuation of properties.
Property value is reviewed and adjusted annually to reflect market changes in the City. In addition to market changes, values also change as a result of remodeling, additions, or changes in a property’s condition.
On-site inspections of properties that have sold and properties that have undergone changes assist our appraisers in determining values for each taxable parcel in the City. This is an ongoing process of gathering and reviewing information, measuring and listing new construction, and analyzing sales to provide accurate and current values annually.
All valuations are determined annually as of February 1st; also known as the assessment date.
The assessed value refers to a percentage of the market value, according to a state prescribed formula. In the State of North Dakota, assessed value is 50% of the market value.
The taxable value is determined by multiplying the assessed value by 9% for residential and 10% for all other property classes. Mill levy and property taxes are based on taxable value.
The City of Bismarck Assessing Division employs certified appraisers according to century code. Appraisers are trained to look for specific amenities such as style, size, location, condition, and other factors that affect value. Statistical analysis of current sales in your neighborhood as well as review of cost models are used by appraisers to estimate market values.
At times, the City also employs data collection personnel who are trained to inspect, measure, and list the property features that appraisal personnel will analyze in determining value.
The purpose of the on-site review is to update our records regarding the condition of a property and to list property features that affect its market value. It is important for the assessor to complete a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of a property in order to make an accurate valuation.
Each property’s share of the property tax is based on the taxable value of the property. Although the work of the assessor does not determine the total amount of taxes paid, it does affect the uniform distribution of the property tax burden. The benefit of having the on-site review performed will ensure your market value is based on your home’s condition and property features, and not based on assumed condition or features.
Several factors may affect property taxes. The most common factors are changes in the market value and changes in the mill levies.
Property value changes may be a result of market trends, condition of the property, or remodeling and/or additions to the property.
Mill levy changes are determined annually by each political subdivision (city, county, school district, park district). These mill levies are then applied to the value of each property based on taxable value.
If your property is currently valued at or near market value, you should expect little or no change in the true and full value of your home. However, the property taxes you pay may also be affected if the mill levy changes as determined by the city, county, school district, or park district.
Valuations are determined annually as of February 1st; this is called the assessment date. The tax statement you receive annually in December reflects the value placed on your property from the prior year. The tax statement received annually in December will reflect any tax changes that result from market value or mill levy change.
To calculate annual taxes for a property, the taxable value is multiplied by the Mill Levy.
Market Value 100,000
Assessed Value (50% of Market Value) 50,000
Taxable Value (Assessed Value Multiplied by 9% residential tax rate) 4,500
Annual Tax (Taxable Value multiplied by the *Mill Levy) 1,025
*Note: 2019 Mill Levy - .23659 (236.59 divided by 1,000)
The mill levy is subject to change annually.
The tax rates are 9% for residential property and 10% for commercial property.
The mill levy is the tax rate that is applied to the taxable value of your property. A mill is 1/10 of $.01 or $.001 (one thousandth). A mill levy is the number of dollars a taxpayer must pay for every $1,000 of taxable value. The Burleigh County Auditor determines the mill levy annually based on city, county, school district, and park district budgets. Mill levy changes are determined annually in November.
Info on how taxes and mill levies are established
• City marks curb for lifting or replacement.• Contractor or subcontractor install No Parking signs a minimum of 24 hours before construction starts. No Parking signs may be removed or left in place for any of the subsequent construction activities.• Slabjacking (lifting) subcontractor moves in and lifts marked curbs and driveways.• Concrete subcontractor removes and replaces marked concrete curb and driveway and replaces storm inlet castings as required. Intersection ramps and street valley gutter crossings replacements are coordinated with the paving crew and may be replaced either at this stage or later. Detours may be needed for valley gutters. Homeowner may request more work be done at same time such as a driveway widening.• Paving contractor either places gravel or asphalt patches at the front of the curb replacement sites. After new concrete cures for at least 4 to 7 days, black dirt is placed behind the curb. Seeding and mulching usually take place much later in the process when many sites can be done at once.• City marks streets for patching or milling (grinding off about 1 to 2 inches of old asphalt).• Paving contractor completes the asphalt patching and crack seals open joints.• Paving contractor places thin leveling course on patched or non-milled streets where dips, humps or other pavement irregularities are pronounced.• Paving contractor mills pavements, sweeps loose material, and may come back later to remove pavement around manholes or valve box covers.• Paving contractor adjusts tops of manhole and valve box castings to match the new pavement surface.• Paving contractor places new pavement on milled streets.• Paving contractor or subcontractor places seal oil and chips on pavements when temperatures are expected to be 70° F or warmer for several consecutive days. • Chip seal is allowed about one week of cure time before loose chips are swept off street.
Coordinating all these different types of construction activities would be difficult to maintain workforce efficiencies. Scheduling and moving each specialized work crew from one project to another can be impacted by unforeseen circumstances like, weather, poor soil conditions or added work. Delays related to weather or construction difficulties may cause the time interval between any of these tasks to be considerable.
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Burning outside the city limits must be directed to the Rural Fire Department at (701)258-5792 and the State Health Department at (701)328-5188.
The symptoms can vary from person to person and depend on how much you were exposed to. Mild exposures can cause slight headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, or flu-like symptoms. More severe exposures can cause severe throbbing headaches, drowsiness, confusion, and fast heart rate. Extreme exposures can cause unconsciousness, convulsions and death. Read on
Once the installation is complete, the installer is required to contact Ron Kunda, Fire Marshal, for an appointment to complete an acceptance test for the system before it can be used by the facility. Read On
Within the incorporated limits of the City of Bismarck, the ISO Public Protection Classification is 1. The rating scale is 1-10, with a rating of 1 being the best achievable rating. The rating is based on the capability of the community’s fire department equipment, training, and staffing, as well as its water supply infrastructure and 911 operations. The rating is one factor many insurance companies use to determine property insurance premium rates. Of the communities in the US rated by ISO, less than 1% have a rating of 1. See the website at ISO for more information on the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program. ISO Website
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Fingerprint services at the Bismarck Police Department will only be performed when required to be taken by Law Enforcement.
The Police Department is located at:
700 S. 9th St.Bismarck, ND 58504
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Adults born in 1957 or later: To be certain they are protected, adults in this age group should have a record of vaccination. Some early vaccinations may have contained only the measles vaccine, and may not have been the MMR combination. Those attending college or other secondary educational institutions, persons who work in medical facilities, and international travelers should receive two doses of MMR. Measles vaccination is 95%-98% effective after one dose. Adults who have had only one dose may choose to have a second dose.
Adults born before 1957: In general, adults born before 1957 are likely to have had or been exposed to measles during childhood and so are typically presumed to be immune. Those born prior to 1957 are not routinely recommended to receive booster doses of MMR vaccine.
Our base level consistent usage year round is around 200 million gallons a month, but in May through September, it raises to over 600 million gallons in our highest months just for lawn irrigation. “Running out” of water isn’t an acceptable option because we have to assure safe drinking water and fire protection at all times. So we have to invest in a system large enough to be able to make 3 times more than we typically sell. In certain areas, the City’s ability to meet water needs is stressed upwards of 7 to 10 times the capability to meet those needs.
Unfortunately, lower sales in off months save very little expense because most of our costs are fixed and do not go down when usage goes down. So we have to build and maintain 3 times more infrastructure for storage, treatment, and high-service extra pumping costs than we usually need, but with a system essentially three times as large as it normally needs to be, we then are faced with only having 3 to 5 months of higher use to recoup those costs.
Fairness dictates that the ones who are using way more water in a very short time are the ones who should pay for it. The study determined that the peak demands are being largely driven by our highest irrigation users, so that’s why we adjusted our tiers to recover more cost from the heaviest irrigators. Low-irrigation customers will be better off under this system, and customers who still want to irrigate heavily can still make that choice. The City isn’t seeking to restrict usage, just to stop low-irrigation customers from subsidizing high-irrigation customers in the future.
If your new address is outside of Bismarck city limits, please contact South Central Water Users at (701) 258-8710. City of Bismarck Water Utility Division will need an Utility Service Agreement for Residential form filled out. Stop in the office at 601 S 26th St, or click on the link below to complete online. You may mail the form to: Water Utility Division (PO Box 5555) or Fax it to 701 221-6840. These forms must be received in the office prior to the day you want services put into your name. The effective date on the agreement cannot be a weekend or holiday.
These forms must be received in the office prior to the day you want services put into your name. The effective date on Service Agreements CANNOT be a weekend or holiday.
Commercial Property Service Agreement
Garbage collection is once a week for Bismarck residents. Collection day is based on the area of town you live in. All materials for collection must be placed within 3 feet of the curb or alley, whichever is your collection point, before 6:00 AM on your scheduled day of collection.
No collection on the holiday. Garbage collection will be delayed one day throughout the remainder of the week.
Inert Waste: Asphalt Gravel Roof, Ceiling Tile, Glass, Masonite Siding, Masonry, Plaster, Roofing Paper, Sheetrock, Shingles & Tar, Steel Siding, Vinyl Siding, Wood, Wooden Furniture
Municipal Waste: Ashes, Carpet, Fiber Glass, Food Waste (sandwich bags, discarded meat & veg), Insulation Board, Insulating Material (all), Paper, Plastic (poly-sheets, shrink plastic, etc), Silicon Tubes, Styrofoam, Upholstered Furniture, Wiring/Circuitry (internal)
Call the Public Works office at (701)355-1700 with the exact location or address of the malfunctioning street light or stop light or submit Report a Concern.
Call the Public Works office at (701)355-1700 with the exact location or address of the malfunctioning street light or stop light or submit Report a Concern.
The forestry division has established a pruning cycle for street trees. Regular maintenance (like branches growing too low over the street, sidewalk, or driveway) that may be necessary between pruning rotations is the responsibility of the property owner.NOTE: A pruning/removal permit must be obtained from the forestry division before performing work on street trees. Permits are available at NO COST to the property owner.
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.
Location: The location for planting individual trees along the street right-of-way is selected by the forestry staff to ensure that the tree(s) will not interfere with water lines, utility lines, traffic signals, site-distance at intersections and other trees.
Species: Only species approved by the city forester may be planted along the street right-of-way. Only those trees listed on an individual permit may be planted at a given site. The forester considers the space available along with other factors such as proximity to neighboring trees and overhead wires to recommend trees that are best suited for each site. This will avoid problems with a tree species being planted that is too large or unsuited for the available space.
If it is late summer or fall you may be experiencing fall needle drop. View the following document for more information.
The intrusion of tree roots into sewer lines is seldom the fault of the tree and indicates cracks and leaks in the lines themselves. Roots grow where conditions allow, defects in the line can release oxygen and moisture that the roots will find, but the roots themselves do not break pipes. When roots are found to be growing pipes seasonal treatment with a root-inhibiting compound such as copper sulfate can help reduce or resolve the problem. In some case the pipes may need to be professionally cleaned.
The best solution is to repair or replace the defective sewer line. Repeated blockage indicates that the line is collapsed or badly damaged. Many plumbers or sewer cleaning services have cameras that can inspect the line to determine the nature and extent of the problem. This can be a great assistance in planning the most cost effective repairs to the service line.
Tree roots can damage sidewalks or other physical infrastructure if not planted in an adequate space. If your sidewalk has started to lift, short term solutions include applying an asphalt patch or grinding down the raised portion to smooth out any tripping hazards. Another solution is to replace the damaged portion of the sidewalk; the City Engineering Department (701-355-1505) must be contacted for more information on requirements for sidewalk replacement.
If sidewalk replacement does take place, Forestry staff will inspect the roots of the tree when the defective concrete has been removed and work with the contractor to determine a solution. There are many options to work around the tree and in most cases the tree will not require removal.
We now know that, dollar for dollar, large-stature trees deliver big savings and other benefits we can’t ignore. Small-stature trees like crabapple deliver far fewer benefits. In fact, research at The Center for Urban Forest Research shows that their benefits are up to eight times less. Compared to a small-stature tree, a strategically located large-stature tree has a bigger impact on conserving energy, mitigating an urban heat island, and cooling a parking lot. They do more to reduce stormwater run off; extend the life of streets; improve local air, soil and water quality; reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide; provide wildlife habitat; increase property values; enhance the attractiveness of a community; and promote human health and well being. And when we use large stature trees, the bottom-line benefits are multiplied. When it comes to trees, size really does matter. Read on for the full publication “The Large Tree Argument” from the US Forest Service.
Trees improve our quality of life by improving air and water quality, reducing stormwater runoff, and reducing traffic speeds. Trees add value to your home, foster a sense of community, provide shade to help cool your home, and reduce heating costs by providing a windbreak for your home. Studies have shown trees and greenspace contribute to better mental and general health. For more information, read ISA publications, Benefits of Trees and Tree Values.
Be a good neighbor and try first to work with your neighbor to resolve the problem. You do have the right to prune branches and limbs back to your property line as long as you don’t harm the tree. You may not go onto the neighbor’s property or deliberately destroy the tree. Trees are property of the homeowner and if you harm or kill the tree, you could be found liable for property damage.
All established trees shall be pruned to sufficient height to allow free passage of pedestrians and vehicular traffic. A clear height of ten (10) feet over sidewalks and thirteen and one-half (13½) feet over streets shall be maintained, except those streets that are subject to truck traffic which shall have a clearance of sixteen (16) feet.
Commercial arborists working in Bismarck must first pass an arboricultural exam conducted by the City Forester to satisfactorily demonstrate a reasonable level of competence in the field of arboriculture or have valid arborist certification through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The company must also provide proof of the required level of liability insurance and maintain that coverage for the duration of time they hold the license. These requirements ensure that the company is professional, adheres to the latest standards, and is insured to protect the consumer. Click here for more information on licensing requirements.
The Forestry Division maintains a list of currently licensed Bismarck arborists. Click here to access that list.