For new residential builds, city ordinances generally require one street tree to be planted every 40’ - 50’ along the road, including the sides of corner lots.
If you are using a builder in a large development, the City already coordinates with their contractors to ensure that trees are planted according to city guidelines and requirements. The builder/landscape contractor is required to warrant the tree for one year after planting. Following this time, the City will take over the maintenance of the tree(s).
If you are using a custom builder or are building on an individual lot, you are required to ensure that street trees are planted before you are given an Occupancy Permit by the City Zoning department. You must follow all city ordinances related to street trees, and it is recommended that you first contact the Urban Forester to help you through the process. If you use a contractor to plant, they are generally required to warrant the tree for one year after planting and would be responsible for replacement withing that time frame. After the warranty period expires, the City will take over the maintenance of the tree(s).
In either case, we encourage you to reach out to the Urban Forester at (937) 645-7379 if you have any questions about the process of planting, or about a tree that has already been planted. We are here to simplify the process as much as possible.