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Tree Ordinance

Purpose of the Ordinance

  • To protect trees planted and growing within the public rights of way.
  • To not allow planting or growing of the type or kind of trees that may be hazardous or susceptible to insects and/or diseases or that may damage streets, sidewalks, and curbs.
  • To establish a plan for management of planting and the growth of trees for beautification of the streets in the City of Lewiston.
  • To encourage planting trees in the City of Lewiston for the benefits they provide including sequestering carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen, trapping pollution and, slowing storm water runoff.

How the Ordinance Affects the Property Owner
  • Licensed Arborists (Tree Trimmers) must follow National Arboriculture Standards, one of which prohibits "Tree Topping." This applies when pruning trees anywhere in the city of Lewiston.
  • A permit is necessary before you plant, prune, or remove a tree within the public rights of way. 
  • The City Forester approves the species of trees that can be planted in public
  • Rights of way from an approved list of trees that are suitable for street conditions. (Permission is granted through a permit system.) 
  • Pruning and removal of street trees must be to the standard established by the City at the expense of the home owner.
  • The Forester may order pruning, spraying, or removal of trees on private property to prevent spread of pests or disease to trees within the public rights of way.

 How the Ordinance Affects Commercial Tree Services

  • Licensed Arborists (Tree Trimmers) must follow National Arboriculture Standards, one of which prohibits "Tree Topping." This applies when pruning trees anywhere in the city of Lewiston.
  • It is illegal for any person to cut, trim, prune, or remove any tree located in the public rights of way for hire or trade as a commercial business without first obtaining both a City business and trees service or trimmer's license as defined in the Lewiston City Code. 

Steps To Plant, Prune or Remove A Street Tree 
Home Owner

  • Contact the Forester or the Parks and Recreation office for a free permit to plant, prune or remove a tree in the public right of way.
  • For your protection, the City of Lewiston requires commercial tree services to have a Tree Trimmer’s License. The arborists on this list have shown proof of insurance, paid a license fee, and proven competency in tree care and safety. Choose a Licensed Tree Trimmer from this list.
  • Even though work is to be done by a commercial tree service, you have to obtain a City permit to ensure that permission has been given to do the work. 
  • Notify the Forester when work is to be done so he might make periodic inspections of the job.

Commercial Tree Service

  • Make application for "Tree Service License" on the form provided by the City Clerk at City Hall, 1134 'F' Street. 
  • The licensee and all employees must successfully pass examination conducted by the Forester. The examination includes a written and a practical test of knowledge. 
  • Upon successful completion of the examination and approval of application, the applicant must pay the $25 annual tree service license fee.
  • Acquire a City of Lewiston business license.