Parking Strip Guidelines

The City encourages the planting of shade trees on the parking strip. However, due to narrow parking strips bound by streets and sidewalks, these planting areas can be challenging for growing trees.

The City has adopted regulations in order to ensure that the trees that are planted will provide shade and increase property value with a minimum of problems for the tree, the property owner, and the City. Trees that are permitted on the parking strip are selected based on the ability of the tree to grow in our climate and its ability to co-exist with required clearances over streets and sidewalks. Refer to the Street Tree Guide for selecting a tree to grow in your parking strip.

Please review the Guide to Right of Way Plants brochure before planning your parking strip landscaping as well. You can find more information on the new parking strip ordinance on Code Enforcement's webpage.

Other Parking Strip Rules:

  • The parking strip must be 5 feet or wider before a tree can be planted.
  • Trees should be at least 1 inch thick when planted.
  • Trees should be spaced 40 feet apart and must not be planted under overhead utility lines.  
  • Trees should be placed at least 10 feet from a fire hydrant, 10 feet from a driveway, and 15 feet from a streetlight.
  • Trees on a corner lot should be planted at least 30 feet from the corner (starting at the curb) or 20 feet away from a stop/yield sign.
  • Hedges and bushes should be trimmed back to the edge of the sidewalk.
  • Sioux Falls city ordinance requires a minimum 10 feet of clearance above sidewalks and 12-16 feet over streets.
    Refer to the Project T.R.I.M. Guide to Trimming Street Trees to learn more.