Street Tree Planting Regulations

No person, firm or organization shall plant or allow to grow any tree or shrub or other growth in or upon any boulevard, median strip, terrace or public property without permission of the City Forester and in conformance with the following regulations:

A.  No tree or shrub shall be planted in the terrace at an intersection of two streets nearer than 25 feet to either corner measured on the property line, in compliance with the Watertown Zoning Code setback requirements in Chapter 550 of this Code.

 B.  No tree or shrub shall be planted in the terrace nearer than 35 feet to the next nearest tree, except as approved by the City Forester.
 
C.  No tree or shrub shall be planted in the terrace where the clear terrace space is less than 4 1/2 feet or as may be otherwise provided by City Forester.
 
D.  No tree or shrub shall be planted nearer to the back of curb than 1/2 of the clear space of the terrace.
 
E.  No tree or shrub shall be planted in the terrace nearer than 10 feet to a water stop box, waterline or sewer line.
 
F.  No softwood tree or any tree that is not hardy for the Watertown area, as determined by the City Forester, shall be planted in any street terrace.
 
G.  No tree or shrub shall be planted in the terrace near an ornamental streetlight when the foliage of the tree will obstruct the streetlight illumination pattern.
 
H.  No trees or shrubs other than those species listed as small trees in the City's Approved Species List[1] may be planted under or adjacent to any overhead utility wires where such tree or shrub will be likely to interfere with such overhead utility wires.
[1] Editor's Note: Said list of approved tree species is on file with the Street Department.
I.  No person, firm or organization shall plant or set out a tree or shrub in or upon any boulevard, terrace or public property unless the tree or shrub is a species listed in the City's Approved Species List or a species approved by the City Forester.
 
J.  All trees and shrubs planted in boulevards, median strips, terraces and on other public property in the City shall be planted according to tree/shrub planting standards developed by the Park, Recreation and Forestry Commission and made available to the general public by the City Forester.
  
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any order, rule or regulation made by the Park, Recreation and Forestry Commission or the City Forester hereunder shall be subject to the penalties provided herein or those penalties set forth in § 1-4 of this Code