On this page, you'll learn about the two ways individuals and groups can plant a tree on City of Richmond property: a Street Tree Planting Permit and the Adopt-A-Tree program. You can also find tree-related forms, information about the size of different species of trees at maturity, native plant search tools, how to navigate the Tree Inventory Map, and FAQs on the Adopt-A-Tree program.
How to Permit a Tree
The steps are:
- Identify the tree well you would like to plant.
- Identify the tree well's address and Tree ID on the City’s Tree Inventory Interactive Map.
- Fill out permit.You must submit a separate permit for each tree you want to plant.
- Submit permit to City arborist.
The Street Tree Planting Permit asks for the tree location and type of tree you're proposing to plant. There are some important considerations to keep in mind when choosing a tree for a particular location.
Downloadable Forms and Information
Tree Maintenace and Removal
Identifying Tree Location + Type
The permitting process is for trees that you are purchasing and planting on City-owned property, such as in a street tree well in front of your house.
The planting location will help determine what type - or species - of tree should go in that spot. The City's Tree Inventory Map (which we explore below) will help you understand what tree size at maturity should be planted in your chosen location.
We recommend choosing a native tree, which offers the most ecological benefits and are adapted to live in this area. Some examples are listed below, as well as links to native plant search tools.
Tree Size at Maturity
Example: White Oak
1.24-1.5" in diameter; 8-10' tall
40-60 ft away from each other from the center of the trunk
Example: River Birch
Searching for native plants?
Check out the Native Plant Center, featuring tons of filters by location, type of plant, soil type, and even flower color! This tool applies to the Chesapeake Bay watershed area.
VA Department of Conservation and Recreation also has a native plant search tool that is specific to Virginia.
Finding Tree Location Information
Before you submit a permit for a tree, you’ll want to reference the City of Richmond’s Tree Inventory Map. The map will let you know the exact tree well number and address of the spot you're planting in. It also indicates what tree size at maturity is needed for that spot.