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CITY OF SOUTH BEND <br />PETE Bu nGtEG, MAYOR <br />Office of the Mayor <br />CONTACT: <br />Kara Kelly, (574) 235 -5853 <br /> <br />FOR RELEASE: Thursday, June 27, 2013 <br />BEWARE OF UNLICENSED ABORISTS <br />The City of South Bend has received calls about unlicensed arborists approaching residents <br />about cutting down trees. Without proper skills and knowledge unlicensed arborists may put <br />property, others and themselves in danger. <br />The City requires anyone who is accepting compensation for tree work be licensed and insured. <br />Tree work includes: <br />• leaving the ground for pruning or trimming <br />• diagnosing and evaluating conditions of trees <br />• taking down trees in developed areas <br />If someone is completing tree work on your property and is not licensed or insured, homeowners <br />could be liable for any damages or injuries that may occur. Licensed arborists have met required <br />standards. <br />Licensed arborists are required to carry their license while working. To verify that an arborist has <br />• license, please visit /renew and click on "license information" and search <br />• business by name. Residents may also call South Bend's Business License office at 574 -235- <br />5912 to check if an arborist is licensed. <br />