Urban Forestry & Planting Guide

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. The city’s Urban Forestry and Planting Guide is an intra-departmental effort between the Department of Planning & Zoning, Fishers Department of Public Works, and Fishers Parks.

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 apply for and obtain a Street Tree Permit.

Approved Planting Guide

Not all plants are suitable for planting in yards or commercial landscaping. Many commonly sold plants are actually invasive and can wreak havoc on Fishers’ natural areas. The Planting Guide (PDF) lists species that are approved for planting to give homeowners, landscape architects, and designers information about what plants are and aren’t acceptable to plant within the city.

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. Learn more about Stormwater Planting Recommended Species (PDF).

Additional Questions

For questions on street tree permits or approved plant species, please contact the Department of Planning & Zoning at 317-595-3155. For questions regarding removal or maintenance of an existing street tree, contact the Public Works Department at 317-595-3160.