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.
Trimming & Removal
Due to budget constraints, the Borough cannot accept requests for tree trimming or removal of regulated trees. 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 online (PDF).
The Tree Advisory Commission 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. Additionally, wood removed from tree services must be disposed at the Borough’s compost site.
Choosing an Arborist
All work must be performed under the direction of an insured, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 standards for arboriculture.
It is the policy of the Borough of Phoenixville not to remove healthy or restorable Borough regulated street trees.
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.