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Planting Trees in Rights-of-Way

It is a violation of city code to plant a tree in the right-of-way between the curb and sidewalk (commonly called the” utility strip”) without approval of the Public Works Department.

Placement of trees in the right-of-way can interfere with drivers’ visibility, high voltage power lines and pedestrian/handicapped use of sidewalks.  Tree roots can also damage sidewalks and interfere with underground utilities, including storm sewers and drains. We are currently considering the possible development of guidelines to allow such plantings within the right-of-way for specific situations, but do not have those developed at this time.

The City of Bowling Green reserves the right to perform tree maintenance or remove trees and shrubs to ensure the safety of motorist and pedestrians, and to protect utilities.   

Public Tree Planting Ordinance

If I am interested, who do I contact...

Neighborhood Action Office, 1001 College St., (270) 393-3674

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