Removing & Replacing Your Trees
The Forestry Division only removes parkway trees when they have been determined by the certified arborist to be dead, declining or hazardous. The Forestry Division has the responsibility of ensuring the long-term health and safety of the Village's urban forest. Dead, hazardous, diseased, structurally unsound, and declining trees present potential safety problems to Village residents. If your tree has been removed, the following information may be of some help.
- Certified arborists are continually monitoring for diseased, declining, or dead trees throughout the village.
- Trees that cannot be saved are put on a removal list and removed as soon as possible.
- Some pests and diseases may cause defoliation, making the tree appear dead, but in some cases it becomes necessary to treat these trees for insects or diseases.
- While every effort is made to preserve our urban forest, sometimes nothing can be done to save the tree and it is in the Village's best interest to remove and replace it.
- Once a tree is cut down, the remaining stump will be placed on our stump removal list.
- When enough stumps are accumulated, we will grind out the stumps, add topsoil and redo the parkway where the stump was located.
Stumps are removed in the spring and fall when grass seed will germinate and grow. Removing all accumulated stumps at one time is the most efficient use of our resources and your tax dollars.
Replacing Parkway Trees
- The Village of Indian Head Park replaces all removed parkway trees, provided there is sufficient space for a new tree to grow.
- Residents may select the tree of their choice from the Parkway Tree Replacement List, which is released in the spring and again in the fall. The Village will make every effort to accommodate these tree requests.
- If a homeowner has no preference in the replacement tree, the Forestry Division will pick a species suitable to your neighborhood and the size of your parkway.
Removal Permit Requirements & Procedures
- The removal, replacement and/or impacting of trees in the Village of Indian Head Park is prohibited and unlawful.
- A tree permit, issued by the Village of Indian Head Park, is required for all trees removed from the village.
- To remove trees that are irreversibly declining, in danger of falling, may be too close to an existing structure, interfere with utility service, or provide unsafe clearance, the permit fee may be waived by the Village.
- Protective fencing must be installed within 15 feet of any trees on a subject property where construction activity is taking place.
- Applications for a Tree Permit can be obtained at the Administration Office during regular business hours or downloaded and printed.