What is the Street Tree Program in Charleston, SC?

The purpose of Charleston’s street tree program is to further the aesthetic appeal of the streets in Charleston, SC. The street tree program seeks to maintain the beautiful landscape of South Carolina for both tourists and residents.

Here at the Premiere Tree Services of Charleston, we also believe in maintaining the natural beauty of Charleston, which is why we work hard to better serve our community. Aside from offering help tips on tree removal, tree pruning, or stump grinding, we also keep our customers informed on important tree rules and regulations.

Annual appropriation for purchase of street trees

There shall annually be placed at the disposal of the director of the department of parks such sum as may be appropriated by the city council for the purchase and planting of street trees and for the care and attention of treesalready planted or to be planted.

Permit required to plant street trees

No shade or ornamental tree or shrub shall be planted in any of the public rights-of-way or easements of the city until such tree or shrub shall have first been approved by the director of the department of parks and a permit therefore be granted by the director of the department of parks.

Street tree permit approvals

Approved and permitted shade trees, ornamental trees, and shrubs shall be planted at the permittee’s expense and approvals shall be based upon the species and cultivar of the tree, the structure of the tree to be planted, the distances apart, and the distance from the edge of any pavement, asphalt, or sidewalk as set forth in the city’s street tree manual.

Permit required to remove, cut or prune tree

No person shall, without the written permission of the director of the department of parks, cut, prune, break, climb, injure or remove any tree or ornamental shrub located in a public right-of-way or easement of the city or on public property. For trees removed unlawfully, without approval, the director of the department of parks is authorized to grant after-the-fact approval, and require mitigation in accordance with the city’s street tree manual.

Permit required to remove devices protecting trees

No person shall, without the written permission of the director of the department of parks, injure, misuse or remove any device placed to protect a tree located in a public right-of-way or easement of the city or on public property.

Permit required to place stones impeding passage of water to trees

No person shall, without the written permission of the director of the department of parks, place or maintain upon the ground in a public right-of-way or easement of the city or on public property, stone, cement or other substance which shall impede the free passage of water and air to the roots of any tree located in a public right-of-way or easement of the city or on public property.

Protection of trees during building construction

In the erection or repair of any building or structure the owner thereof shall place such guards around all the nearby trees in the public rights-of-way and easements of the city and on public property as shall effectually prevent injury, as directed by director of the department of parks.

Removal of electric, telephone, fiber optic, and cable wires upon request when trees are pruned

Every person having any wire charged with electricity, or telephone, fiber optic, or cable wires running through a public right-of-way or easement of the city, shall temporarily remove such wire or electricity therefrom when it shall be necessary to prune any trees growing in a public right-of-way, within twenty-four (24) hours after the service upon the owner of such wire or his agent, of a written notice to remove such wire or the electricity therefrom, upon the order of the director of the department of parks.

Interfering with personnel of director of department of parks

No person shall prevent, delay or interfere with the officers, employees or agents of the director of the department of parks in the planting, pruning, spraying or removal of a tree, shrub or plant in a public right-of-way or easement of the city or on public property, or in the removal of stone, cement or other substance about the trunk of a tree in a public right-of-way or easement of the city or on public property.

Urban forestry division

The urban forestry division shall be responsible for developing, implementing, enforcing, and administering the city’s street tree program related to the removing, planting and maintaining of trees on city owned property and the public rights-of-way.

The information contained in this website has been provided for informational purposes only. It is general in nature, and should not be mistaken for specific legal advice. All information on this website is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or correctness, and without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied.

We know you’re excited to begin your tree project and the Premiere Tree Services of Charleston is here to help! You’re just a call or a click away from getting started! Please contact The Premiere Tree Services of Charleston by phone at (843) 480-0333, or by email charleston@premieretreeservices.com, or visit us at 520 Folly Rd. Ste. P #113 Charleston, SC 29412.

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