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Dead Tree and Stump Removal

Tree Removal

Dead trees reported on streets, parks, playgrounds or other public spaces will be inspected and, if appropriate, removed. Parks’ service pledge to citizens with dead trees in front of their houses is to inspect and remove such trees within 30 days of notification. To report a dead tree, call 311 or use our tree service request system.

Parks makes every effort to preserve and protect trees in the public right-of-way until their health or condition warrants removal. Parks does not remove healthy trees due to infrastructure conflicts with sewer lines or sidewalk concrete. Tree roots rarely damage sound pipes in good condition, and only intrude if they have been afforded access by a break or perforation. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to repair the line with impervious, watertight piping. Visit our Work on or Near Trees page for filing a permit prior to sewer repair. If your sidewalk is damaged, please visit our Sidewalk Repair page.

Stump Removal

All stumps remaining from tree removal operations performed by Parks are recorded and registered. Stump removals are dependent on the availability of funding. We currently have a backlog of stumps awaiting removal. If you are a property owner who would like a City-owned stump removed, we have two options for you to consider:

  1. You can request a new tree via 311 or our tree service request system, and if the stump is less than approximately 30 inches in diameter, our planting contractors will remove the stump during a new tree planting process.
  2. You can obtain a tree work permit from Parks and hire a contractor to remove the stump at your own expense. If you prefer this option, permit applications and instructions are available on our Working On or Near Trees page.

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