Pruning and Removal

Street Tree Pruning and/or Removal

The City of Burlington’s Tree Ordinance requires that property owners obtain written approval from the City prior to pruning and/or removal of any tree located in the public right-of-way (typically, this is the area between the curb and the sidewalk). There is no charge for the application to prune or remove a street tree.


Prior to any tree pruning and/or removal, please complete and return the application to:

Patrick Moore
City of Burlington Forester
400 Washington Street
Burlington, IA 52601

P: 319-753-8140

Tree Pruning Resources

Iowa DNR Links 

Iowa State University Pruning Guide