Removals and City Regulations

Removal is recommended when a tree is:

  • dying or dead
  • hazardous and it can not be correctively pruned
  • interfering with traffic safety (visibility)
  • too close to buildings or power lines
  • interfering with new construction
  • interfering with more valuable trees (competition for light, nutrients, and water)
  • severely structurally deformed (co-dominant, major cavity rot)
  • diseased and puts other trees to risk

Tree Removal: Legal Issues

People often move into communities because of the mature trees located in that neighborhood. Many civic bylaws take the position that although the trees are on private property, they also "belong" to the neighborhood. Most cities in the U.S. have, or are presently introducing, tree bylaws that place restrictions on the removal of trees. Customers often ask: "How come I need a permit to cut down this tree. It's on my property." The answer is simple, but not one that all will accept. Trees benefit the community, and the community should have some control over these valuable resources. The trend in the last few decades reflects this view. More communities are introducing bylaws to protect trees. In many cities, removing trees illegally can result in fines of thousands of dollars per tree. Each city has different tree regulations, from nonexistent to highly regulated, and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to be aware of the existing tree bylaws, if any.

Tree Permits and City Regulations Regarding Trees

If you wish to have a tree removed that is more than 6 inches diameter at chest height (DBH) you may require a permit: See the information below that pertains to your city. Never remove a tree without the proper permits as the fines for bylaw infractions can be substantial. The cities listed below are the areas where we do tree service work.