Do I need a permit to remove my tree?

Most city governments and HOAs have Tree Preservation Ordinances, which outline the laws surrounding tree removal. As trees play a vital role in the livability of a city, if you live within city limits you’ll likely need a permit to cut down a tree on your own property.

There are a few factors that come into play for a permit:

  • Size of the tree
  • Significant tree designation
  • Heritage tree designation (unique size, age, type, or historical significance)
  • If the tree is on critical slope, wetland, or shoreline
  • Hazardous tree (required Hazardous Tree Report by certified arborist)

Municipal codes and HOAs codes vary, so you’ll need to research the codes in your area, or ask a consulting arborist. An arborist can help you understand your municipality or HOA tree codes, apply for a permit, and provide a Hazardous Tree Report to provide documentation of hazardous conditions of a tree. 

Tom Boyce is an ISA Certified Arborist with a Municipal Specialist endorsement, specializing in understanding your permit requirement needs. If you are interested in removing a tree or how to apply for a permit, contact us for support and consultation.