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Shade Tree Information


The purpose of the Southmont Borough Shade Tree Advisory Board and Committee is to maintain our urban forest by thoughtful

planning of tree planting and removal of dead or hazardous trees. Southmont Borough has been named a Tree City USA for the past 25 years. We have met the required standards for Tree City USA by having 1.) a Shade Tree Commission 2.) a Shade Tree Ordinance 3.) a community forestry program with an annual budget of $2.00 per capita 4.) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation, which is celebrated each year. 


Many residents have dedicated trees in memory of a deceased family member or to honor a loved one. This is an everlasting memorial and will be shared by others for many years. Commission members inventory Borough trees to assure that we and the owners of the property abutting street tree locations are maintaining the trees properly. 

Shade Tree Permits

Southmont Borough Ordinance #538 provides for the regulation and protection of shade trees. Maintenance, transplanting and removal of shade trees shall be the responsibility of the owner of the real estate abutting the land where shade trees are located. While, minor cutting, trimming and pruning shall be permitted without notification to the Borough, no person shall perform major cutting, pruning, trimming, or complete removal without a permit. Permits are available below or at the borough office. There is no cost for the permits, but they are required.

Southmont Borough is now able to request free shade trees for planting through a Bare Root Tree Grant that is submitted every February for spring planting. If you would like to request a shade tree through this grant, please submit a Shade Tree Work Permit to the borough by December 31st of each year to be included in the following years grant request. 

Shade Tree Work Permit


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