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Parks and Recreation

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Parks & Recreation Department
City Services Center (CSC)
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Phone: 319-286-5566
Fax: 319-540-8843


Mon - Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Street Tree Placement Tree Placement Criteria
When site checking for planting its important to look at not just how the tree fits now, but how it will fit 40 years into the future.

Some of the parameters required are:

  • 40 feet between trees 35 feet from intersections
  • 10 feet from driveways and alleys 4 feet minimum areas between street and sidewalk
  • 10 feet from fire hydrants and residential water lines

Adjustments for good reasons are allowed only after consultation with and by authority from the Forestry Program.

New Home Construction/Final Occupancy Permit Criteria
A tree needs to be planted before a final occupancy permit is issued.  The ordinance calls for a single stem, shade tree to be planted on city right-of-way.  The required size for a large shade tree is 1 inch diameter at breast height or 4.5 feet above grade.  If overhead utilities are present, a single stem, ornamental tree may be planted. The required size for an ornamental tree, mature heights of less than 30 feet, is 1" diameter at breast. 

Either the builder or the new homeowner must install the new tree prior to the receipt of a final Certificate of Occupancy. The tree must be healthy and vigorous at the time of inspection and be an approved street tree.

Effective January 2015, the City began accepting payment for the required trees. Due any time before the final occupancy is provided, this program allows builders or homeowners to pay the City to plant the required street tree. The new trees will be installed in the spring of the following year. Contact Code Enforcement at 286-5831 or building@cedar-rapids.org to request a Forestry inspection or with any questions regarding paying the City to plant the tree.

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