Tree Rebate Program

Rules and Guidelines
To be eligible for the reimbursement of half of the cost of a newly planted tree (including tax) with the maximum reimbursement of $50.00 OR for reimbursement of half of the cost of a tree removal (including tax) with the maximum reimbursement of $100.00, the following guidelines must be followed:
  1. All trees planted must be on the preferred or acceptable tree list. Deciduous trees must be a minimum of 6 feet tall and Spruce, Pine, and Juniper trees must be a minimum 2 feet tall.
  2. Limit of 2 rebates for newly planted trees and 2 rebates for tree removal per property owner per calendar year. Only properties within the City limits of Oberlin are eligible for a rebate. Only trees located in the city right-of-way are eligible for the tree removal rebate.
  3. Trees must be purchased from a reputable dealer. Tree removal must be performed by a business that is licensed to perform tree removal in Oberlin. A list of licensed tree trimmers may be obtained by contacting the City Office.
  4. Funds are limited and will be allocated on a first come/first-rebated basis.
  5. No street trees other than those trees listed as small trees may be planted under or within 20 lateral feet of any overhead utility line. No trees may be planted closer than 5 lateral feet from any underground utility. Small street trees must be planted at least 30 feet apart, medium trees, 40 feet, and large trees at least 50 feet. A clear space distance between the curb and sidewalk must be 4 feet for small trees, 5 feet for medium trees and 6 feet for large trees. Trees must be planted 20 feet from any intersection of a 20 mph street, and 30 feet from any 30 mph street intersection. Trees cannot be planted closer than 10 feet from any fireplug. Property owners are required to call Kansas One Call (Dig Safe) at (800) 344-7233 prior to digging.
  6. Trees may be planted anywhere on private property as long as that location is visible to the public. The front yard is still the preferred location.
  7. Upon planting the tree, the property owner shall mulch around the base of the tree a diameter of 3 feet and 2 inches deep, with shredded wood or wood chip type mulching material. The cost of this mulching material may be included in the cost of the tree provided that the cost does not exceed the maximum rebate amount.
  8. Spring trees must be purchased between April 1 and June 1, and rebate requests received by June 15 to be eligible. Fall trees must be purchased between September 1 and November 30, with the rebate request returned by Dec. 10.
  9. Trees must be planted in accordance with the Oberlin Tree Policy Guidelines. 
  10. All trees planted in the street right-of-way must be approved prior to planting using the Street Tree Permit. Copies can be found at the city office or www.oberlinkansas.gov.
  11. In order to receive a rebate, the purchaser must present the rebate form accompanied by a sales slip stating the type, size and cost of the tree to the City Clerk at the Oberlin City Office.