Tree Planting in Right of Way Why a Permit is Required Planting trees in the parking right of way (the public space between the street curb and sidewalk) requires a tree planting permit. Guidelines for placement, size, and species exist so that trees in the parking right of way do not obstruct traffic, signs, pedestrians, or utilities. Selecting a Tree The property owner is responsible for the cost of the tree, planting, care, and maintenance for trees in the parking right of way. Information about tree selection, restrictions, and placement is available in the Right of Way Tree Planting Guidelines.
Planting Permit The Right of Way Tree Planting Permit Application fee is $15. To apply to plant a tree in the parking right of way:
Call Iowa One Call at 1.800.292.8989 to locate and mark utilities.
Planting Trees on Private Property A permit is not required to plant a tree on a homeowner's property outside of the parking right of way. Existing structures, property lines, and the size of the tree when mature should be taken into consideration when selecting and planting a tree.
Memorial & Tribute Trees A memorial or tribute tree can purchased and planted on City property to honor a loved one or commemorate a special occasion. Learn more about tribute trees.