Damaging Tree Root Systems

People digging or trenching around trees on public property can oftentimes damage the root system of a tree, causing it to decline in health or even die. In order to avoid this, any excavations around trees on public property must first be approved by the Town of Normal through our permit process.

A permit is only required when excavating or digging inside the drip line of a tree that is greater than 20 feet in height. Contractors, landscape businesses or residents with questions about this requirement should call our professional staff at (309) 454-9540 prior to excavating around trees on public property.