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Tree Removal Permit Application
Overview
Tree Removal Permit is required for the removal of trees on residential and non-residential properties for all tree species, with the exception of exempted trees as defined by the Land Development Code. Also, dead trees do not require a permit, however, photo documentation is encouraged prior to removal of the tree. If the dead tree is on a property undergoing new construction or development, a site review by county staff is necessary to evaluate the dead tree and proceed with the pertinent code compliance action.

Non-Residential Properties
All trees on non-residential property, developed or vacant, with tree trunks measuring five inches DBH (Diameter at Breast Height, four and one half feet above ground) or larger require a permit before being removed.

Residential Properties
All trees on residential property, vacant or under construction, with tree trunks measuring five inches DBH or larger require a permit before removal.

All trees on developed residential lots (principal dwelling structure exists) with tree trunks measuring 12 inches DBH or larger require a permit before being removed.

Procedures
Within 15 working days of receiving the application, Natural Resources staff will inspect the tree to determine if it meets the criteria outlined in the Land Development code for issuance of a permit. A written determination for the application will be transmitted to the applicant. Tree Removal Permits are valid for a two year period from the date of issuance. The review fee for a Tree Removal Application is $35, payable to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (HCBOCC).

An alternative to a Natural Resources staff site visit is the completion of the Certified Arborist Affidavit, included in the Tree Removal Application Packet, by an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist or a Registered Consulting Arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA). The submittal of the Affidavit by the Arborist with the Tree Removal Application will reduce the Tree Removal Permit Application review process to 5 working days from the application’s receipt.

Grand Oaks as defined in Section 12.01 of the Hillsborough County LDC, are excluded from this alternative process. The Tree Condition Evaluation form must be completed and returned with the Affidavit for oak species requested for removal measuring 34 inches DBH and larger.