Protecting and improving Edina’s trees helps reduce heat island effects, stormwater runoff, air pollution and contributes to a reduction in energy use by buildings adjacent to them.
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The goal of the ordinance is to protect well-established and healthy trees and preserve the nature, character and beauty provided by Edina’s tree canopy for generations to come. The ordinance also accounts for and mitigates the loss of trees and wildlife habitat on sites of development and redevelopment.
Homeowners, other property owners and developers must comply with the updated tree protection ordinance.
A tree protection plan and Residential Tree Protection Permit is required for:
The plan must indicate where all trees are located and their species, caliper and health. If a critical root zone must be disturbed for construction or related activity, a plan to mitigate it must be submitted and approved by the City Forester.
The Residential Tree Protection Permit is in our ePermits system.
A protected tree is any tree that is structurally sound and healthy and is either:
A heritage tree is a protected one above 30 inches diameter at breast height (deciduous) or taller than 30 feet (coniferous).
The critical root zone is the minimum area around a tree that is to be left undisturbed. It is calculated by measuring the tree’s diameter at breast height (dbh). For every 1 inch of a tree’s diameter, 1.5 feet of root zone radius must be protected.
For example, if a tree’s dbh is 10 inches, then its critical root zone is 15 feet.
In some cases, yes. If it is approved for removal, it must be replaced with trees equal to at least 75 percent of the diameter in inches at breast height (dbh) for decidious or of the height in feet (coniferous).
Replacement trees must be of species of a similar type and at least 3.5 inches in caliper dbh (deciduous) or 8 feet tall (coniferous).
Failure to replace protected trees on a site results in a cost of $300 per inch below 75% of the dbh removed for deciduous trees or $300 per foot below 75% of the foot height removed for coniferous trees.
In some cases, yes. If it is approved for removal, it must be replaced with trees equal to at least 100 percent of the diameter at breast height (dbh) for deciduous or of the height in feet (coniferous) and subject to conditions.
Replacement trees must be of species of a similar type and at least 4.5 inches dbh for deciduous trees or 10 feet tall for coniferous trees.
Failure to replace heritage trees on a site results in a cost of $500 per inch below 100% of the dbh removed for deciduous trees or $500 per foot below 100% of the foot height removed for coniferous trees.
If protected or heritage trees were removed within one year prior to the date of development, subdivision application, demolition, grading or building permit applications were submitted, the rules for replacement still apply.
A cash escrow or letter of credit in the amount of 110 percent of the value of the tree replacement identified in the tree protection plan is required.
The financial security will be released on this schedule: