The City Arborist Program is responsible for issuing tree permits for residential & commercial properties in compliance with the Land Development Code (Chapter 25-8, Subchapter B);City requirements are designed to achieve a balance of re-forestation and preservation, frequently emphasizing one of the two elements to achieve the best long-term benefit for the community.
A permit is required for the removal of or impact to any tree 60 inches in circumference and larger (measured at 4.5 feet above the ground). Sixty inches in circumference is equivalent to 19 inches in diameter. Trees smaller than 60 inches in circumference are not regulated. Protected size trees that are dead and/or hazardous also require a permit. A Tree Risk Assessment may be requested to further document the condition of the tree.
Commercial and Non Single Family Development
All trees 8 inches in diameter and larger (25'' circumference) are required to be accurately located on site plans submitted for development review. The trees are depicted on the grading and tree protection plan sheets per the Environmental Criteria standards.
Reporting Illegal Tree Removals
Is someone cutting down a large tree in your neighborhood and are you unsure if they have a permit? You can first check here to see if they have a permit: If they do not, then call or contact 311, email us any time via the email hotline. The message will be received, even on the weekends.