City of Chicago
Department of Streets and Sanitation
Bureau of Forestry
2352 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60608
Ph: (312) 746-5254 Fax: (312) 743-8044
Contact a City Forester at the Bureau of Forestry for all Permits.
The Bureau of Forestry issues permits for any work involving trees. This requires the following information for permit issuance.
A Certificate of Liability Insurance is required from the Landscaping Company or Sub-Contractor performing the work within the public way. An endorsement of the certificate must name the City of Chicago as additionally insured.
The description on the certificate should read as: *Minimum $1,000,000.00 General Liability for each occurrence
This Certificate Endorses the City of Chicago as Additional Insured
The Certificate Holder Shall Be: The Department of Streets and Sanitation Bureau of Forestry - Permit Division 2352 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60608
Forestry will accept a facsimile of your Certificate of Liability Insurance for initial registration only. Your faxed copy will only be good for seven (7) days. Request an original Certificate of Liability Insurance be sent to Forestry as soon as possible. Forestry must receive an original Certificate of Liability Insurance within seven (7) working days. We will keep your Certificate of Liability Insurance on file until the expiration date stated on the original document.
Complete the Parkway Tree Work Permit Request and fax a copy to Forestry at (312) 743-8044. Please indicate if the work to be performed is on Public Property or Private Property. Please allow us at least 24-hours notice per request, and 10-working days for removal requests.
Please indicate if the work to be performed is on Public Property or Private Property.
Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Area: Any tree trimming or removal within the City of Chicago will require an additional compliance agreement through the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture - please contact the Office at 815-787-5476. After receiving the compliance agreement, please submit the Parkway Tree Work Permit Request and fax a copy to Forestry at (312) 743-8044.
Asian Long-Horned Beetle Quarantine Area:
If applying for a tree planting permit, a copy of the original source nursery certificate is required. In the case of re-wholesalers, a copy of the original source nursery certificate is required, in addition to a copy of the re-wholesalers nursery certificate.
A copy of the Permit must remain in the vehicle at all times.