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“Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general.

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June 17, 2019 - Trimming Berm Trees

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 12:30 PM by Kate Berg

June 17, 2019

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Q: I have branches hanging from the trees that are in my boulevard that I would like to trim. Am I able to trim these branches or do I need to work with public works? Is there a penalty for trimming boulevard trees on your own?

Image of trees with  the words "Trimming Berm Trees; always get a permit BEFORE you trim." and

A: Thank you for your question.  City of Red Wing City Code, Chapter 7, Streets and Sidewalks, Subdivision 3 states that it is a misdemeanor for anyone to plant, spray, trim, or remove trees located on City Right of Ways without a “work in the right of way” permit. Permits can be obtained at the Community Development Office or online at www.red-wing.org. 

Chapter 14, Right of Way Management covers work in the right of way/boulevards. Homeowners/Property owners wishing to work in the “right of way”/boulevards shall obtain a “work in the right of way” permit for planting trees, shrubs, gardens, and other landscape amenities in boulevard areas. Removal of boulevard trees will also require a permit. 

If you believe that a tree or shrub needs trimming, please contact Public Works at 651-385-3674. “When the City receives a complaint about a tree it will send out a Tree Inspector from the Public Works Department to inspect the tree and make an assessment. If necessary, the city forester, a certified arborist, will be called out to make a more detailed report.”

Regarding trees on private property, Public Works reminds citizens that “the majority of complaints and disputes about trees in a neighboring yard or privately owned property are left for the homeowners to resolve among themselves. In the rare instance where the city does condemn a tree, it follows a process spelled out in the ordinance for notice and appeal of the removal decision before any action is taken to prune or remove the tree. Since the City contract for public tree removal does not apply to trees on private property homeowners may prefer to make their own arrangements for tree work.” 


1. Red Wing City Code, Chapter 14, Right of Way Management, located online at http://lf.ci.red-wing.mn.us/weblink/0/doc/52259/Page1.aspx

2. Red Wing City Code, Chapter 7, Streets and Sidewalks, located online at http://lf.ci.red-wing.mn.us/weblink/0/doc/52268/Page1.aspx

3. City of Red Wing, Public Works Department, Buildings and Grounds website, located online atwww.red-wing.org

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