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    Forestry Overview

    FORESTRY OVERVIEW

     
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    Tree Planting Policy

    TREE PLANTING POLICY

     
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    Tree Species Planted

    TREE SPECIES PLANTED

     
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    Permits

    pdf icon TREE PLANTING PERMIT
    pdf icon TREE REMOVAL/PRUNING PERMIT

     
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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Q. What species of tree will be planted?  
    A. Varies depending on the size of the planter strip, any overhead utility wires that may be present, the location of sewer vents, water and gas lines, and existing roots from removed trees.

    Q. Can I plant on the right-of-way? 
    A. A written permit must be issued from the City of Syracuse, Forestry Bureau to plant on the city right of way.

    Q. Can someone inspect my tree? 
    A. An inspector will inspect trees on the city right of way, city owned green spaces/lots, and parks. After inspection, a notice is left on the door of the adjacent homeowner with the determination of the inspection.

    Q. When will the tree be removed/trimmed?  
    A. Four months after the listed date of removal or trim. Emergency removals or trims are handled on a priority basis.

    Q. Can I cut off branches that hang over my property from my neighbor's tree?  
    A. Legal issue. Please contact the City Code Enforcement Department - 448-8706

    Q. Who do I call to take care of a dangerous tree in my neighbor's yard? 
    A. Contact the City Code Enforcement Department- 448-8706

    Q. The tree is inside the walk, is it a city tree or private?  
    A. The right of ways vary in the city. Some of the right of ways extend to the inside of the walk. An inspector can measure the right of way. A notice is left on the door of the owner/resident informing them of the ownership.

    Q. Can I trim/remove a tree on the right-of-way myself? Or can I hire a tree service/ 
    landscaper to cut it down? 

    A. A written permit from the City of Syracuse Forestry Department must be issued to a 
    certified tree company or landscaper to remove or trim on the right of way. Removals are reviewed on a case by case basis.

    Q. Why do I have to repair the raised sidewalk if a city tree's roots have lifted the walk? 
    A. The City of Syracuse Charter states that the homeowner is responsible for the upkeep of the sidewalk.

    Q. Can I plant bushes/flowers on the right of way? 
    A. Contact the City Code Enforcement Department - 448-8706

    Q. Homeowner cannot afford private tree work. Can the City do the work and bill it to my taxes? 
    A. The City currently does not have an assessment program designed for this purpose. 

 
       
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