Apply for a Tree Removal Permit
To determine if a tree requires a permit prior to removal, view our Residential Tree Removal Guide.
For parcels over 5 acres: $24.93 per acre additional fee
- Fill out the application completely
- Affidavit Review - A Certified Arborist is not required. Using one eliminates the need for us to do a field inspection. This means we will issue the application result in 5 days. If you are using a certified arborist, make sure to include the following items:
- ISA Certified Arborist or ASCA Consulting Arborist Affidavit
- Tree condition evaluation (Required for Oaks 34” DBH or larger seeking to use the expedited review)
- This is not allowed for Grand Oaks
- Authorized agent consent (if applicable) – This is used when someone else is applying for the homeowner. For example, if a tree service is applying for the landowner, this form would need to be signed by the owner.
- Site plan drawing to scale – This shows us the property lines, any buildings, and where the existing trees are on site. The trees that are seeking to be removed can be “X” out.
- Photographs of trees in question (optional, but highly recommended)
- If the tree has caused damage that you have fixed prior to applying, providing any repair receipts can help us verify that the tree is causing damage.
Things To Consider
• Tree permits are issued for trees that are either unhealthy (diseased, structurally damaged, etc. ) or that are causing damage to property that cannot be resolved another way (i.e. root pruning).
• Multiple trees can be removed on the same tree removal permit. If you desire to clear the area, the correct application would be the Land alteration without construction Permit.
• Within 15 business days after we receive the application, a staff member will come out to inspect the tree(s) you wish to remove. From the receipt of the application it can take up to 3.5 weeks before you are notified of the results. If you provide an email address, we will email you the results.
• Tree removal permits are valid for a two-year period from the date we issue them, unless otherwise specified on the permit
• If the property is within the boundaries of the cities of Plant City, Tampa or Temple Terrace you will need to contact them about tree removal permits
1. For residential properties, consult our Residential Tree Removal Guide to determine whether a permit is needed.
2. Download the application
3. Submit your application
Complete the appropriate parts
- Ensure that you have all required files labeled with the Folio number. Files must be in pdf or jpeg format. Highlight all files to be submitted and compress them into a single .zip file. Please ensure you label this file with the folio number. A visual guide on creating zip file and uploading your documents is available.
- Upload your documents.
- If you have questions regarding your file upload, please email NaturalResources@hcflgov.net or call (813) 272-5600.
Please note: Your signature certifies your legal responsibilities associated with the submission of your application.
*Fillable forms may not work with many browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc.) - if you have issues with the form, do one of the following:
- Download the form to your computer, open it up with a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, then fill it out and print it
- Download the printable version of the form, print and fill out by hand
- Try using the Internet Explorer browser to open the PDF
1. We will send you an email verifying we have your application and providing you with the tree permit application number. This can take up to 5 business days from the time we receive your application. Your payment will be processed during this time.
2. We will conduct the tree inspection within 15 business days of the application being processed. We will notify you of the results usually via email, if you provide that information. If an email address is not provided, an alternative means of notifying you will be used, typically a phone call or the paper permit left at the address.
3. If you are using an affidavit from a certified arborist, we will email you the permit to the address provided on the application. If an email address is not provided, an alternative means of notifying you will be used, typically a phone call or the paper permit left at the address.