Why do I need a permit to plant or remove a tree in the public right of way?

A permit to plant or remove a tree in a Public Right of Way is required by City Ordinance. There is no fee for the permit. The forestry department regulates the planting and removal of ROW trees for several reasons, including location and tree species


The location for planting individual trees along the street right-of-way is selected by the forester to ensure that trees will not interfere with:

  • Other Trees
  • Site-Distance at Intersection
  • Traffic Signals
  • Utility Lines
  • Water Lines


Only species approved by the city forester may be planted along the street right-of-way. Keep in mind that only trees listed on an individual permit may be planted at a given site. The forester considers the space available along with other factors such as proximity to neighboring trees and overhead wires to recommend trees that are best suited for each site. This will avoid problems with a tree species being planted that is too large or unsuited for the available space.

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1. What is the definition of a public right of way?
2. When was the Right of Way Program developed?
3. Why do I need a permit to plant or remove a tree in the public right of way?
4. Does the City of Nampa Forestry Division prune the trees in the right of way or is that the property owner’s responsibility?
5. My street tree has a broken branch, who do I call?
6. What is a right of way tree?
7. How do I get my right of way tree trimmed?
8. Do you trim private trees?
9. Does the City of Nampa Forestry Division trim around wires?
10. What can be done about tree limbs from my neighbor’s property overhanging my property?
11. My tree on private property has an insect/disease problem. Can the city forester look at it?
12. What type or types of trees can I plant on the city right-of-way in front of my house?
13. What trees will not be approved for the right of way?
14. For the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, do you recycle wreaths?
15. Can I attach signs, bird/ squirrel feeders, swings, holiday lights, etc. to public, street trees?