Landscaping Policy

Trees,landscaping and underground sprinkler systems can ONLY be placed outside of the road right-of-way. Right-of-way width is normally 66 feet wide; 33 feet in each direction from the center of the roadway. Please contact the Road Commission to check the right-of-way width for your location. Please read the section below for our current Landscaping Policy.


(Adopted October 22, 2003)

(Revised October 22, 2004)

Whereas citizens from time to time plant or place within the public right-of-way trees, landscaping timbers or rocks, fences, landscape berms and other sundry objects, without the permission of the Road Commission, and; Whereas said objects can present dangers to the traveling public and present difficulties in the maintenance of the road and the installation and maintenance of public utilities; It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Berrien County Road Commission not to allow the planting of trees or the installation of landscaping timbers or rocks, fences, landscape berms, lawn irrigation systems, and all other objects other than mail boxes and mowable grasses, except by permit, which will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

BCRC building

2860 E. Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: (269) 925-1196
Fax: (269) 925-8098
Closed: New Year's day, Good Friday, Memorial day, Fourth of July, Labor day, Thanksgiving (2 days), Christmas Eve (1/2 day), Christmas Day, New Year's Eve (1/2 day)
To report an emergency situation please call our office during normal business hours otherwise call 911