A passing final landscape inspection is required before a final Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) can be issued. If the C.O. is issued without a landscape inspection the property owner is liable to the city for a civil penalty in the amount of $200 a day for each calendar day until the landscaping is installed and/or the C.O. can be revoked.
The following list of tips has been compiled by the City Arborists and passed on to you so that you may have a successful landscape inspection. If you have any further landscape inspection questions, please call (214) 948-4480 and ask to speak with any Arborist.
In order for an Arborist to conduct a landscape inspection, the city approved and stamped landscape plan must be present at the site. If you have lost your approved plan, you may obtain a copy of it at Central Files located in room LL29 of the Oak Cliff Municipal Center, 320 E. Jefferson.
All plant materials on the approved landscape plans must be installed at the time of inspection and be in a healthy, growing condition.
The plant materials must be planted in accordance with the approved landscape plan.(i.e. space, location, size, species).
All trees must be planted at grade. If the trees are planted too deep, they will have to be replanted at the correct grade. The trees may be planted 2" above grade only if it is an extremely wet site.
The burlap and wire on all new trees must be removed from at least the top 1/3 of the rootball.
Staking trees 2" caliper or more is only necessary for trees with exceptionally large canopies and small root balls or for sites that are especially windy. If staking must be performed the wires should be somewhat loose and they should not directly touch the tree bark. The stakes and guy wires should be removed within 1 year after planting to avoid damage to the tree.
All tree trunk wrap should be removed, it is not beneficial to the tree.
All trees and shrubs should have a 2-4" layer of mulch on the planting area. The mulch should not touch the trunk of the tree.
All trees should have adequate planting space. Large trees require a minimum of 36 inches of soil depth, 25 square feet of surface area, and should typically be spaced at 35' minimum. Small trees need 24 inches of soil depth, 16 square feet of surface area, and should be spaced no closer than 20' apart. Call before planting if an atypical situation exists.
All shrubs used to satisfy the design standard of screening of off-street parking must be large, evergreen, 36" in height., and spaced no more than 3' on center. Shrubs for foundation planting also must be in a 3' wide bed and be 36" in height, but may be spaced at a maximum of 6' on center. Automatic irrigation is required for any screening plant materials.
All site trees must be a minimum of 2" caliper and all street trees must be a minimum of 3" caliper.
All plant materials must be within 100' of a verifiable water source. If an irrigation system has been installed you will be asked to turn it on in order to verify proper coverage. Automatic irrigation is required for any screening plant materials.
The person or company that receives the final certificate of occupancy will be responsible for maintaining all the plant materials in a healthy, growing condition at all times. If any plant material dies it must be replaced as soon as possible or a notice of landscape violation will be issued. The person or company holding the certificate of occupancy is subject to fines if compliance is not met within 90 days after notification by the City.