Why do I need a permit to plant a street tree?
A permit to plant a street tree is required by City Ordinance. The forestry division regulates the planting of street trees for several reasons, including:

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.

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1. Who is responsible for street tree pruning/maintenance?
2. Can I remove a street tree?
3. Can I plant trees in the boulevard?
4. Tree roots have lifted my sidewalk. What can I do?
5. I believe tree roots are clogging my sewer pipes. What can I do?
6. What can I do about tall grasses and weeds in my neighborhood?
7. Why do I need a permit to plant a street tree?
8. Does the City control dandelions?
9. My street tree has a broken branch, who do I call?
10. Why is my evergreen tree turning yellow and brown on the inside?
11. How can I report Leafy Spurge infestations?
12. Why are large stature trees recommended for planting in boulevard spaces 7 feet wide or larger?
13. How do trees benefit my neighborhood?
14. Can I prune branches off my neighbor’s tree overhanging my property?
15. What is the height requirement for clearance over streets and sidewalks?
16. Why must all companies that charge for tree pruning or removal service in Bismarck be licensed?
17. Can the Forestry Division recommend a licensed arborist to perform tree work on my property?
18. Where can I connect with other Volunteers?