Pruning & Removal

Street Tree Pruning and/or Removal

The City of Hamilton's Tree Ordinance requires that property owners obtain written approval from the City prior to pruning and/or removal of any tree located in the public right-of-way (typically, this is the area between the curb and the sidewalk). There is no charge for the application to prune or remove a street tree.


Prior to any tree pruning and/or removal, please complete and return the application to:

Dave Bienemann
Municipal Arborist/Utility Forester
City of Hamilton
345 High Street, Suite 450
Hamilton, Ohio 45011

513.785.7556 office
513.737.2401 fax 

If the application for street tree pruning and/or removal is approved it will be necessary to obtain a Right-of-Way Permit issued by the City of Hamilton Public Works Department.  A free permit to work in the City right-of-way must be obtained from the Department of Public Works office Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Office is located at 345 High Street, Suite 450.  Please call 785-7277 or email  for Dan Snyder, Engineering.  

Tree Pruning Resources

Tree Pruning Guide

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 300 Pruning Standards