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Tree Ordinance
City of Columbus Street Department

4528 19th St.
Columbus, NE 68602-1677

Ph: (402) 562-4253
It is unlawful to cut any tree on city property or right-of-way without authorization. (permit needed)

It is unlawful to plant any Cottonwood (except seedless), Pin Oak, Silver Maple, Siberian Elm, Black Locust, or White Poplar on city property or right-of-way.

Distance & Clearances:
  • No street tree can be planted closer than 30 feet from any street corner.
  • No tree can be planted closer than 10 feet to any fireplug (fire hydrant).
  • No tree can be planted closer than 25 feet to any other street tree.
  • Trees cannot be planted closer than 4 feet from any sidewalk, driveway, or street.
  • Trees may be planted in boulevards where there is at least 8 feet between the curb and the edge of the sidewalk.

(It is also suggested that any private trees not be planted closer than 4 feet from any driveway or sidewalk.)

No street tree may be removed without replacing the tree, in the vicinity of the removed tree, (if possible), with another tree having a caliper of 1-1/2 inches or larger, or pay $75 compensatory fee.

The city shall have the right to plant, prune, trim, or remove any tree, plant, or shrub within the right-of-way or bounds of all streets, alleys, lanes, squares, or public grounds as may be necessary to ensure public safety.

Permits & Fees:
  • $15 for pruning or trimming trees for the purpose of moving a building.
  • $15 for removal of tree with replacement.
  • $15 registration fee.
  • $75 for removal of tree without replacement.
  • If you do work on any city trees, you need to be registered and insured.
  • No charge for the planting of a tree.

Note: Permits are valid for six months from date of issuance.

  • A clearance of 8 feet will be maintained over walkways and it be the responsibility of the person who owns the abutting property.
  • A clearance of 13 feet shall be maintained over all streets and alleys.

Additional Information
For more detailed information see the City Code.