The City of Hyattsville has been recognized as a Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation for over 25 years. The City is proud to be tree-friendly, with an excellent tree canopy for an urban/suburban community. A City Ordinance requiring residents to obtain a permit for the removal of private trees helps maintain our canopy, as well as our Tree City status. The City also plants trees throughout the community, and maintains trees on City property. Additionally, Pepco maintains trees to ensure clearance around power lines.
Care for Your Trees Workshop!
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Where the City Plants Trees
Trees are generally planted fall through spring. Before planting a tree, the City considers many factors, including overall space; underground and above-ground utilities; proximity to driveways, intersections and crosswalks; proximity to other trees; success of other trees in the area. Residents can suggest locations for tree planting, which the City will keep on file and consider. Use this form to submit a request and please understand that you may not receive an immediate response, as planting typically takes place only once each year.
Residents Planting Trees
To plant trees in the public right of way, a property owner must obtain permission from the City Arborist. Use this form to submit request. Planting locations and species must be in compliance with Hyattsville Ordinance 2005-01, the Urban Forest Ordinance. This Ordinance provides detailed information on the criteria that the Shade Tree Board uses in evaluating a permit application and the appeal process. Only tree species listed in the Recommended Tree List, published by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, may be planted. For more information regarding trees on private property, please reference Chapter 112, Urban Forestry, in the City Code and Charter. Before planting a tree, be sure to contact Miss Utility, (800) 257-7777 to ensure there are no underground utility lines where you plan to dig.
City-Owned Tree Maintenance
The Department of Public Works performs low pruning on a routine basis and utilizes the services of a State-certified private contractor to remove diseased or dead trees and hazardous limbs from within the City’s right of way. Tree work is generally performed fall through spring. Removals are designated with signage a minimum of two weeks in advance, allowing residents to voice any concerns prior to removal. Use this form to request tree pruning or report any problems with a tree on a City owned street. To see the most recent list of planned tree work, click here.
Private Property Tree Maintenance
Property owners are responsible for tree maintenance and removal of trees on their property. Before removing a large tree, the City requires the property owner to obtain a permit, using this application. Removal must be in compliance with Hyattsville Ordinance 2005-01, the Urban Forest Ordinance. This Ordinance provides detailed information on the criteria that the Shade Tree Board uses in evaluating a permit application and the appeal process. If the tree you are requesting to remove measures 50" or greater in circumference (front yard) or 75" or greater in circumference (back yard) a permit is required to have it removed.