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The Department of Business and Neighborhood Services (BNS) plays a pivotal role in maintaining the health and stability of Indianapolis' Urban Forest. We work closely with the Department of Public Works' Forestry Division, as well as other private entities toward the overall health and stability of the city's urban forest. All trees and flora growing on city property are protected by Chapter 701 of the Indianapolis/Marion County Revised Code. BNS is the frontline of enforcement and protection of our city's trees and flora. To ensure health of the city's urban forest, BNS issues and regulates flora permits, as well as provides enforcement of violations of the city's ordinance related to trees and flora. Any work that is to be done on city-owned trees is inspected and approved by a BNS Forestry Inspector to ensure it will be done in a safe and effective manner.

A flora permit is required for any tree planting, landscaping, spraying, bracing, removal, or pruning work in the city's right-of-way.

What is a "right-of-way?"

A Right-of-Way (ROW) is city-owned property along streets extending beyond the edge of the road. Commonly, this is the shoulder or  lawn strip between street and sidewalk. If using, restricting or excavating in the ROW, a permit is required.

To apply for a flora permit, download the Flora Permit here.

You can also access a Flora Permit FAQ here.

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