Shade Trees
Photo Courtesy of Jamey Rickens
Tree Regulations: Chapter 679 of the Code of the City of Altoona assigns the primary responsibility for the maintenance of trees in the public right-of-way to the adjacent property owner. It requires the licensing of private arborists and addresses street tree care. On a few specified streets, the permission of the Shade Tree Commission is required before a tree in the public right-of-way may be trimmed or removed. Chapter 679​ also regulates the maintenance of trees on private property through the Codes & Inspections Department. Questions about the City’s tree regulations or the City Shade Tree Commission should be directed to the Community Development Department at 814-949-2470 or​