A tree lawn is the area between the curb and sidewalk and is usually planted with trees, grass and other landscaping. A tree lawn is the area between the curb and sidewalk and is usually planted with trees, grass and other landscaping.
A tree pit is a square or rectangle cut out of the pavement between the curb and sidewalk. A tree pit is a square or rectangle cut out of the pavement between the curb and sidewalk.
Trees in the area behind a sidewalk, closer to private property, MAY be considered street trees. Trees in the area behind a sidewalk, closer to private property, MAY be considered street trees.

Trees on Private Property vs. Public Right-of-Way

A private tree is described as a tree whose trunk is entirely on private property.

A tree in the public right-of-way is described as a tree located in a public right-of-way, park, or other area to which the city has control or title. Usually these trees are between the sidewalk and curb in tree pits.

Public right-of-way widths vary by street throughout the City. Listed below are three general categories that define a street tree. If you are unsure whether or not the tree in question is a street tree and requires a permit, contact the call the Urban Forest administrator at 576-2582 for clarification.

Trees in the following locations are considered street trees and require a permit for planting, removal and pruning.

  1. A tree lawn is the area between the curb and sidewalk and is usually planted with trees, grass and other landscaping.
  2. A tree pit is a square or rectangle cut out of the pavement between the curb and sidewalk.
  3. Trees in the area behind sidewalk, closer to private property, MAY be considered street trees.

City Trees Contact Numbers

General Tree Questions:
(302) 576-2582

Street Tree Concerns:
(302) 576-2582

Park Tree Concerns:
Dept. of Parks and Recreation (302) 576-3820

Private Property Tree Complaints:
Dept. of Licenses & Inspections (302) 576-3030

Trees and Power Lines:
Delmarva Power 1-800-375-7117

Tree Blocking Road During Business Hours:
Dept. of Parks and Recreation (302) 576-3820

Tree Blocking Road After Business Hours:
Wilmington Police Department (302) 656-4357