Regulations on Street Trees

19-2-603. Right of Condemnation

The City Council, upon giving proper notice to abutting property owners, shall have the authority to condemn and remove, or to order the removal of any tree, tree stump, shrub, or vine upon any city roads, avenues, or ways, where said tree, tree stump, shrub, or vine is dead, diseased, or for any other reason desirable. The Shade Tree Office shall have authority to trim or prune any road tree, or to remove any tree which has been planted in violation of any city ordinance, without serving notice upon the abutting property owner.

19-20-1201. Obstruction of Sidewalks

It shall be unlawful for any person owning, occupying, or having control of any premises to place or permit upon the sidewalk or the half of the street next to such premises:

  1. Any objects, including tree limbs, that overhang the sidewalk or roadway, if the object is less that 14 feet above the roadway or seven feet above the sidewalk.

19-2-606. Tree Planting Restrictions

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person, including property owners and tenants and their agents, servants, contractors, or employees, to plant a tree or shrub on a city right of way, or within five feet of a city right of way, that is a prohibited tree or shrub as set forth in this Section or that is capable, through maturation of the root system or otherwise, of blocking or interfering with the use of the right of way or of causing damage to curb, gutter, sidewalks, or any other structure located within the right-of-way.
  2. The following are prohibited trees or shrubs:
  • All species of Birch
  • All species of Cottonwood
  • All species of Mulberry
  • All species of Poplar
  • All species of Willow
  • All upright growing conifers
  • All varieties of bearing fruit or nut trees
  • Balm of Gilead
  • Black Locust
  • Boxelder
  • Catalpa
  • Chinese Date
  • Elm Silk Tree
  • Gamble Oak
  • May Day Tree
  • Russian Olive
  • Saskatoon
  • Serviceberry
  • Siberian
  • Silver Maple
  • Sycamore