Read the descriptions below to determine whether you are required to submit a Tree Ordinance Review Application (TORA), or a Residential Plan Review application.
Once you determine your application requirements, scroll down to read frequently asked questions for Residential Tree Reviews and frequently asked questions for TORA.
An Tree Ordinance Review Application (TORA) is required for:
Dead, diseased, or imminent hazard trees
Residential or commercial pre-development consultations
Residential or commercial utility repair or replacement
Commercial site plan exemptions
Non-construction related impacts to regulated trees (utility issues, condition of trees, etc.)
Residential Tree Review/Permitting Process is required for:
Impacts within the full critical root zone
Pruning that exceeds 25% of the canopy
Removal of a regulated tree
The tree permitting process for residential properties is consolidated with the Residential Plan Review application process, therefore an online application is not required.
How do I submit a Tree Ordinance Review Application (TORA)?
Applications may be submitted through our online system, Austin Build + Connect (AB+C). The online application process can be used for all TORA submittals, except for requests associated with residential construction. Those requests must be submitted through the Residential Plan Review process and a separate TORA is not required. You will be required to create an account prior to submitting your application. You may also pay applicable fees and print your application.
Residential Tree Reviews follows the timeline schedule for residential Plan Review and ranges between 5 to 15 business days, depending on the application type.
Is there a separate fee for the Tree Review?
Yes, please refer to the fee schedule. Please note that a 4% Development Services Surcharge fee will be added to all permit fees.
What if there are protected size trees on or adjacent to the development but the trees are not near the work?
Check "Yes" on your Plan Review Application and staff will determine if a Tree Review is required. Applicants may not realize the potential impacts such as work access, utility upgrades, canopy clearance, etc. that must be considered in proposed work anywhere near protected trees. If staff finds that the Tree Review is not needed, the review will be cancelled and the fee will be refunded.
What if a tree does not meet the criteria of being dead, diseased, or an imminent hazard, but new construction is proposed and tree survival is questionable?
In this case the Tree Reviewer will work with the applicant to find a viable solution. The applicant should provide photographic evidence of the tree in order to better assess the situation.
What are the possible outcomes of a Tree Review?
Approved- A Tree Permit will be created along with building permit. Conditions may apply and will be indicated on the tree permit.
Rejected- Tree Review comments will be provided through the Master Comment Report generated by Residential Review. Review comments will detail what additional information or plan modifications are required. All updates must follow the Residential Plan Review process. Instructions are included with the Master Comment Reports.