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Tree Resources for Land Developers


Forestry has prepared a landscape planning checklist  to assist in the plan submittal and review process. Applicants submitting development / landscape plans to the City and County of Denver for review and approval should be aware of the requirements included in the checklist regarding trees in the Public Right of Way.

As a condition of any permit to demolish or construct any building containing a single unit dwelling, two-unit dwelling, or multi-unit dwelling in a Residential Zone District, the owner of the zone lot shall be required to preserve any established tree not otherwise diseased or decayed within the primary and side street setback areas of the zone lot. For a list of current zone districts, click here.
In order to protect an established tree from damage or destruction and to enhance the tree's chance of survival after construction activities on the zone lot are completed, the owner shall take and maintain throughout the course of demolition or construction the following measures:
A. Erect and maintain temporary fencing surrounding the area beneath the tree in order to mitigate the chance of impact injuries to the tree during demolition or construction;
B. Refrain from operating construction equipment or storing construction materials beneath the canopy of the tree or engaging in other activities that would cause the undue compaction of the soil in the tree's root zone; and
C. Refrain from any excavation beneath the canopy of the tree that would cause undue destruction of the tree's roots.
The owner may be relieved from the requirements of this Section only upon obtaining a permit for tree removal from the City Forester according to the provisions of Sections 57-20(b) and 57-25 of the D.RM.C.
To request an inspection for tree preservation send a message to

Download a copy of the Tree Preservation Contact Form

Exiting trees must be shown on plans. If existing trees are to be removed, this must also be listed on the plan. Existing trees must first be evaluated by Denver Forestry to obtain a permit if they are to be removed. Existing trees to remain must have tree protection set up around them during the construction. Applicants preparing plans should add the Tree Protection Detail to their plans prior to submitting the plans to the City for review and approval.

One of the things that makes Denver such a beautiful, livable city is our diverse array of trees.  Selecting the right tree for your site assures a healthy tree that will provide many years of benefits and enjoyment.  Denver Forestry has prepared this helpful guide to show you which tree species are recommended and which tree species are not permitted to be planted in the public right-of-way.   For more information contact the City Forestry office at 720-913-0651. 

View Denver's full approved street tree list.

View the Tree Protection/Construction Information form.

For additional information, view the Detail and specification center pane above.

Contact Us

Forestry Division
201 West Colfax Avenue
Department 605
Denver, CO 80202
720.913.0787 (fax)

Contact a Forestry Inspector for trees on private property or Public Right of Way (PDF)

Contact Operations Supervisor about trees in a Park or Parkway (PDF)

To request an inspection for tree preservation, email