Cities, especially big cities, do not encourage tree removal but at times, it is necessary. Such times include when a tree is diseased or dead, and there is fear that it might infect other trees, endanger humans or damage property; it needs removal. However, before you remove any tree, it is necessary to check that you are not going against any regulation by removing a tree.

In some situations, removing a tree is not allowed at all. If the tree or the vegetated stream buffer is a property of the Natural Resource Overlay District, you will need a permit. If tree removal will destabilize a steep slope or its removal will be hazardous to the environment, the Geological Hazard Overlay District will need you to have a permit.

Conditions that Require a Permit

Trees are important in cleaning the air around us, beautifying our environment, offering shade and offering a home to wildlife. Some trees also have medicinal benefits, and that is why major cities such as New York require you to have a permit before removing any tree. There are a number of factors and conditions that require you to have a permit before removing a tree.

Street tree, that is, trees growing along streets and between the sidewalk and curb cannot be removed by an individual without proper approval. Heritage tree and dead or living ordinance size trees also require a permit to remove. Trees that are located on multifamily grounds, industrial, commercial, common areas, and mixed-use property areas will also require a permit.

Heritage trees are identified due to their size, their history, their unique qualities and their rarity. They have been growing for years with most of them having a single trunk being more than 56 inches in circumference. In many major cities, the trees are protected and cannot be removed without a permit.

If the above conditions and others stipulated by the county and city authorities do not apply, you can remove a tree without applying for a permit.

Applying for a Permit

Having studied the ordinances in your local and established that you require a permit to remove, you need to apply for it. The permit application will be approved if a tree is considered a safety hazard, it is dead, dying or diseased, it is unsuitable, or it stands in the way of economic development.
Different cities, such as Atlanta will also require the tree remover to transport it away from the removal site. You can organize with a transport service to have the removed tree taken away, or the city’s department of transport will help you remove. Find which options are available and most convenient for you.

Fees and Transport

In most cases, there are no fees involved when a tree removal permit is offered. After application, the necessary authorities will offer a permit as long as necessary conditions have been met. Where an arborist is needed, for instance in diseased trees, the city council arborist will be involved, or the remover might be required to provide one.

Get a Remover Now

Tree removal is not a task everyone can perform. You will need to hire the right tree remover such as but first, confirm with an arborist whether the tree should be removed. The remover will then advise you on the permit application process, remove the tree, and help you move it from the site.

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