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.
Tree Planting in Right of Way
Why a Permit Is RequiredPlanting trees in the parking right of way (the public space between the street curb and sidewalk) requires a tree planting permit. There are guidelines for placement, size, and species so that trees in the parking right of way do not block traffic, signs, pedestrians, or utilities.
Selecting a TreeThe 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 PermitThe 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.
- Download and complete a Right of Way Tree Planting Permit Application; return it with $15 to:
Coralville Parks and Recreation
1506 8th St.
Coralville, IA 52241
For additional information, please contact the Coralville Parks Division at 319.248.1780.
Choosing the Right Tree
Where to Plant
- It is important to put the right tree in the right place. Look at the location and how close it is to buildings, other trees, and overhead power lines. Always consider the mature size of the tree when selecting a tree and its site.
- Determine what type of soil is at the site where the tree will be planted. Pick a species that tolerates that soil type (clay, sandy, compacted, etc.), and consider how much sun and moisture it will need to be healthy.
Type of Tree
- When selecting a tree, take a look around your neighborhood and choose a tree that is not overused.
- Planting a variety of tree species is crucial to the health of the urban forest. This will help reduce future loss of the urban canopy due to storms, insects, and disease, and it is critical to future biodiversity efforts.
- Along with ash trees (which are being lost to emerald ash borer), maples have been overused, making up almost one third of the trees within Iowa communities. For a list of diverse species, see Selecting Trees For Your Yard