Trees on City-owned property
The Forestry Division, acting in the best interest of the trees and the public, determines whether a tree on City-owned property must be removed.
Reasons for tree removal from City-owned property may include:
- Dead and/or declining
- Structurally hazardous
- Undesirable species
- Threat to the health and well being of the public and or urban forest
- Improper placement
Notice of tree removal from City-owned property
The immediately adjacent property owner(s) will be notified by written or personal contact.
The Forestry Division will explain the rationale behind the decision to remove a tree. The final decision as to whether a tree is removed rests with the Forestry Division.
Who pays for the tree removal?
The City of Iowa City is responsible for costs associated with tree removal for trees growing:
- On boulevards
- In the public right of way of streets or alleys
- On easements behind sidewalks
- On City-owned parkland
- On other municipal public property