Idaho Falls Power

Community services

Tree trimming


What do we trim?

We trim trees, branches and other obstructions that intefere with the operations or maintenance of primary electric lines or equipment.  Primary electric lines are those that run from pole to pole.

Who will trim trees?

IFP now contracts with a professional tree service company to trim trees around primary lines year-round.  Doing this has drastically reduced the number of tree-related outages.  The present contract is with Davey Tree Service.

What is the customer responsible for?

The customer or building owner is responsible to clear the power lines that run from the transformer to the home or building.  IFP will disconnect and reconnect these lines at no charge while any trimming work is being done. 

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This is the city code pertaining to planting of trees around overhead and underground lines.



(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to plant any public or private tree under or within twenty (20) lateral feet of any overhead utility wire, or over or within five (5) lateral feet of any underground water line, sewer line, electric transmission or distribution line or other utility except the following species of trees:

Cherry, Canada Red

Prunus virginiana ‘Shubert’

Crabapple, (persistent or fruitless varieties)

Malus spp.

Elm, Camperdown

Ulmus blabra ‘Camperdownii’

Honeylocust, Imperia

Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Imperial’

Lilac, Japanese Tree

Syringa reticulata

Maple, Amur

Acer ginnala


Prunus padus

Mountain Ash, European

Sorbus aucuparia

Plum, Newport

Prunus cerasifera ‘Newport’

Serviceberry, Saskatoon

Amelanchier alnifolia

Sumac, Staghorn

Rhus typhina

Other species may be planted only with written permission from the Parks and Recreation Division.

(B) It shall be unlawful to plant any public or private tree in any location in any manner which does not comply with the safety standards for planting and maintenance of trees in proximity to public utilities, as set forth in ANSI Z133.1.

(C) The City of Idaho Falls will not be responsible for damage to any tree or shrub located within a utility easement as a result of the operation or maintenance of City utility lines. Damage to any public utility system caused by trees improperly located within the public right-of-way or easement will be repaired at the owner's expense. (Ord. 2207, 8-8-96; Ord. 2486, 3-27-03; Ord 2738, 2-14-08; Ord 2877, 8-11-11)


**Other species of trees planted must be under 25 feet at full growth and cannot be planted without permission from the city.