What does the updated tree ordinance do?
  • Clarifies that trees are allowed in a boulevard if the boulevard has at least 5 feet of width. 
  • Updates standards for boulevard trees including species, size, and spacing requirements from curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks, and intersections. 
  • Creates a residential boulevard tree work permit that residents of South St. Paul can get if they want to plant, prune, or otherwise maintain a boulevard tree. 
  • Makes it clear that the City will only get involved in a tree dispute on private property if the diseased, damaged, or dead tree is a public nuisance that poses a threat to a public space such as a street, public sidewalk, public park, or public trail.


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1. What was wrong with the previous tree ordinance?
2. What does the updated tree ordinance do?
3. Who wrote the new ordinance?
4. My boulevard is only 3 feet wide. Why won’t the City allow trees in boulevards that are less than 5 feet wide?
5. My neighborhood recently had all the boulevard trees removed due to emerald ash Borer, and the boulevard on my street has only 3 feet of greenspace. Is there an exception I can apply for to get a t
6. My boulevard is only 3 feet wide. What options do I have to restore the tree canopy in my neighborhood?
7. When will my tree be removed?
8. Does the City have a plan or a budget for planting new trees in boulevards that are wide enough to accommodate a tree?
9. Do I need to wait for the City to plant a tree for me, or can I plant my own boulevard tree?