Permits for Tree Removal and Prunning
Trimming and Removal of Borough Regulated Street Trees
Due to budget constraints, the Borough cannot accept requests for tree trimming
or removal of regulated trees for 2011. However, property owners may choose the
option of paying for tree service provided that the Tree Advisory Commission
(TAC) inspects such trees and makes recommendations relative to trimming or
removal plans. (Street Tree Pruning and Removal Permit Applications are available
at Borough Hall and at the Borough Web Site.)
The TAC is charged with reviewing procedures and policies pertaining to the
maintenance and removal of regulated Borough street trees. All applications must
include a descriptive plan for trimming or removal of trees. In the case of tree
removal, the applicant must agree to replace the tree and be responsible
for the successful establishment of the replanted tree.
All work must be performed under the direction of an insured, ISA Certified Arborist
in accordance with ANSI A300 standards for arboriculture. Additionally,
wood removed from tree services must be disposed at the Borough’s compost site.
Regulated Street Tree(s) are defined as any tree(s) in the Borough which is (are)
located within the public right-of-way. Regulated street trees are the property
of the Borough of Phoenixville; vandalism, unauthorized removal, or pruning
may result in legal action, fines, and replacement costs.
The following are some of the current guidelines for Borough regulated street trees:
It is the policy of the Borough of Phoenixville not to remove healthy or
restorable Borough regulated street trees.
Sidewalks: Maintenance and repair of sidewalks are the responsibility of the
abutting property owner. In replacing/repairing sidewalks adjacent to Borough
regulated street trees, do not cut or remove tree roots. Provide root room
with a cutout or route the walkway around or further from the tree.
Take care not to damage or injure the regulated tree during construction work.