Tree Protection Ordinance
The City of Edina is committed to protecting well-established and healthy trees in the community and preserving the natural character and beauty provided by the local tree canopy for generations to come.
The City’s Tree Protection Ordinance helps account for and mitigates the loss of trees and wildlife habitat surrounding tree removal on sites of redevelopment.
Homeowners and anyone considering development or redevelopment in Edina.
Important Changes Effective in 2023
- Requirement that many residential building projects have both a building permit and a tree protection permit.
- Modification to the designation of trees garnering “protected” status.
- Addition of “heritage tree” designation.
- Changes to tree removal and replacement guidelines.
- Requirement for cash escrow or letter of credit in the amount of 110% of the value of the tree replacement identified in the tree protection plan.
- Protected or heritage trees of size that are removed during the project or one year before must be replaced with trees in compliance with the requirements of sections 4 and 5 of the Tree Protection Ordinance.
- Why does the City have a tree protection ordinance?
- How does this ordinance help meet the goals of the City’s Climate Action Plan?
- Who must comply with the tree protection ordinance?
- When is a tree protection plan and Residential Tree Protection Permit required?
- What must be included in a tree protection plan?
- Where do I find a Residential Tree Protection Permit?
Checklist of What's Required
Escrow Calculation Worksheets and Examples
Tree Requirements by Acreage
Amount of required replacement trees, which must be a variety of types and sizes and come from the Hennepin County recommended tree list. This is Table 11 in the Tree Protection Ordinance.
|Deciduous (diameter at breast height)||Coniferous (height in feet)||Lot size under 1 acre||Lot size 1 acre or larger|
|3.5 inches or greater||8 feet or taller||70%||50%|
|4.5 inches or greater||10 feet or taller||20%||25%|
|5.5 inches or greater||12 feet or taller||10%||25%|
Choosing Trees to Plant
The Hennepin County recommended tree list spreadsheet offers more than 100 options and lists them several factors including by:
- Scientific and common names
- USDA Hardiness Zone limits
- Utility compatibility
- Height and spread
- Sun needs
- Native or not
- Salt tolerance
- Pest and disease problems