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Urban Forestry and Planting Guide
Fishers is fortunate to have a wealth of trees within our city parks and along our neighborhood streets. Fishers has been recognized as a Tree City USA since 2008, an award given to communities that have proven to be dedicated to preserving the urban tree canopy.

Many residents often have questions about the care and maintenance of street trees, or what types of plant species are permitted. Please see the links below for useful information on selecting a plant species, permitting requirements for street trees, and their maintenance. The urban forestry and planting guide is an intra-departmental effort between Community Development, Fishers Department of Public Works and Fishers Parks & Recreation.

Street Trees
Before planting a tree in the public right-of-way (typically the grassy area between the sidewalk and the curb), a resident must first obtain a street tree permit. Click here for more information, and to apply online.

Approved Planting Guide
Not all plants are suitable for planting in a yard or a commercial landscaping. Many plants commonly sold are actually invasive and can wreak havoc on Fishers’ natural areas. The planting guide lists the species that are approved for planting to give homeowners, landscape architects and designers information about what is acceptable to plant in Fishers. The guide also lists invasive species, so residents and designers know which plants are not permitted. Visit this link to view the 2015 Planting Guide.

Stormwater Planting Guide
Plants can offer a natural solution to drainage issues on residential and commercial properties. Raingardens, bioswales, and other design features offer many benefits to slow down and absorb stormwater, naturally treat pollutants, as well as offer beautiful native planting designs. For more information on recommended species, click here.

Additional Questions?
For questions on street tree permitting or questions regarding approved plant species, call the Community Development Department at 595-3120. For questions regarding removal or maintenance of an existing street tree, call the Public Works Department at 595-3160.