Forestry

The City of Livonia is proud to be a Tree City USA since 1998 and a Growth Award community since 2003.

Approved Tree Species  List

The City of Livonia is increasing species diversity by planting trees from an “approved species list.”  This list contains trees in three size categories with unique characteristics, including form, flowers, fruit, and habit, which are selected based on the width of the right-of-way where planting will occur. Click here to view a list of suggested tree species by size.  Planting diverse species allows the City to lower dependence on single species, such as maples. Furthermore, diverse plantings are less susceptible to attack by a species-specific threat, such as Emerald Ash Borer, or Dutch elm disease

City ordinance requires permits for tree-related work on City trees in the Right-of-Way (normally between the sidewalk and curb) unless City crews or contractors working for the City of Livonia perform the work. Examples of tree work are planting, removal, chemical treatments of any kind, and tree maintenance. Permits are obtained by calling Public Service at (734) 466-2655 from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or downloaded from this website (see below). Permits are free to residents, although if a contractor obtains it there is a $30 charge.  Permits are not official until signed by City of Livonia forestry staff. 
 

 
Permit for Planting Trees
Click here to download a permit form for planting trees. 

Permit for Removal of Trees
Click here to to download a permit form for removing trees.