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Tree Trimmer & Tree Trimmer Vehicle License

This license is for businesses felling, cutting, or trimming trees which are two or more inches in diameter at the point of cutting or severance. This license is not required for stump removal.

If you have questions, contact DSI at (651) 266-8989, or email the DSI Message Center.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 362 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about tree trimmers and tree trimmer vehicles.

Application Requirements

You must submit the following:

  • Class R City License Application 
  • A Certificate of Insurance showing general liability in the amount of at least $100,000.00 for bodily injuries to or death of any person or persons not covered by the workers' compensation law and at least $100,000.00 for damage to or destruction of property.
  • Vehicle appearance inspection conducted by a DSI Inspector - Licensing (651-266-8989) to verify name of company and telephone number displayed permanently on vehicle(s).
  • Proof of registration with the commissioner of agriculture.
  • Employment of an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist.
  • Compliance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard A300.       
  • Required fee


This license requires inspection approvals from DSI Licensing (651) 266-8989.


The license fees for a Tree Trimmer & Tree Trimmer Vehicle License are $178.00 for operator and first vehicle. Additional fees include $72.00 for an additional vehicle and $48.00 per replacement vehicle.


A Tree Trimmer & Tree Trimmer Vehicle License expires on the insurance expiration date, and may be renewed annually.

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