12.32.080  Street trees.
   A.   No street trees shall be planted unless and until the Urban Forester shall have first approved the kind, size, variety and location thereof, and granted a permit therefor. This permit is in addition to any permit required by Chapter 12.04. Trees proposed within 10 feet of any water, sanitary sewer or drainage system component shall be subject to the approval of the Director of Public Works. The permit shall be issued without charge.
   B.   A street tree list for Rapid City shall be developed by the urban forester and approved by the Urban Forestry Board.
   C.   Maintenance of street trees shall be the responsibility of the owner of the abutting property.
   D.   It is unlawful for any person to top any street tree or other tree on public property. TOPPING is defined as the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than 6 inches in diameter within the tree’s crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree. Trees severely damaged by storms or other causes, or trees under utility wires or other obstructions where other pruning practices are impractical may be topped only with the approval of the Urban Forestry Board.
   E.   All stumps of street and park trees shall be cut below the surface of the ground so that the top of the stump shall not project above the surface of the ground.
(Ord. 5793 (part), 2012)