Tree Removal Permit Application

Tree Removal Permit Application

  • All trees over 10” in diameter (DBH) are Protected Trees as well as any tree of any size that was required to be planted by City regulation, permit, ordinance, or agreement.
  • No Protected Tree on private property may be removed without first obtaining a Tree Removal Permit from the Forestry Division. 
  • Once submitted, Forestry Staff will review the application which may include an inspection of the tree and/or meetings with the applicant. Forestry Staff will render a decision on the tree removal permit request within ten working days of permit submittal.
  • If a healthy, Protected Tree is approved for removal, the property owner will be required to plant new trees in its place. The number of replacement trees is determined by its size. The City collects $400 per replacement tree which is held for one year from the date of permit issuance. The escrow is refunded once the new trees are planted or submitted to the City’s Tree Bank Fund after one year. Tree Bank Funds are only used to purchase and plant trees throughout the City.
  • Protected Trees determined to be dead, declining, or “At-Risk” do not require tree replacement.

Beginning March 2024, tree removal permits will no longer be submitted via the CSS Citizen Self Service Online Permitting Portal.
To apply for a tree removal permit, simply fill out the form linked below. Tree permits will be issued via email (if provided) or can be picked up at City Hall in the Public Works Administration Department.

Apply for a Tree Removal Permit

If you are required to replant trees as part of a tree removal permit, each replacement tree shall be single-stemmed, of a species listed in Category A or B below, and not less than 2" (inches) in caliper. Caliper is the diameter of the tree measured 6" (inches) above the ground. Prior approval for all other species must be obtained from the City Forester.

It is recommended that trees be planted at least 15’ from a building, 10’ from a driveway and 6’ from a fence. Shade trees should not be planted near or under utility wires.       

Category A: Large Trees (over 40')
Common Name Scientific Name Common Name Scientific Name
Maple, Black Acer nigrum  London Planetree Plantanus x acerfolia 
Maple, Red Acer rubrum  Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides
Maple, Sugar Acer saccharum  Oak, White Quercus alba 
Maple, Freeman's Acer x freemanii Oak, Swamp White Quercus bicolor 
Buckeye, Yellow Aesculus flava Oak, Scarlet Quercus coccinea 
Horse-chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum  Oak, Hill's Quercus ellipsoidalis 
Hickory, Bitternut Carya cordiformis  Oak, Shingle Quercus imbricaria 
Hickory, Pignut Carya glabra Oak, Bur Quercus macrocarpa 
Pecan Carya illinoinensis Oak, Chinkapin Quercus muehlenbergii 
Hickory, Shagbark Carya ovata Oak, English Quercus robur 
Hickory, Mockernut Carya tomentosa Oak, Red Quercus rubra 
Catalpa Catalpa speciosa  Oak, Shumard  Quercus shumardii 
Hackberry Celtis occidentalis  Oak, Black Quercus velutina 
Katsuratree Cercidiphyllum japonicum Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum 
Yellowwood Cladrastis kentukea  Basswood, American (linden) Tilia americana 
Beech, American Fagus grandifolia  Elm Ulmus (cultivars)
Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba (male only) Elm, American Ulmus americana 
Honey-locust, thornless Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis Zelkova, Japanese Zelkova Serrata 
Kentucky Coffeetree Gymnocladus dioica  Category B: Medium Trees (25'-40')
Black Walnut Juglans spp. Birch, River Betula nigra
Tamarack Larix laricina Hornbeam, European Carpinus betulus
Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua  Hornbeam, American Carpinus caroliniana 
Tuliptree Liriodendron tulipifera  Persimmon Diospyros virginiana
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostreboides  Hophornbeam, American Ostrya virginiana 
Tupelo (black gum) Nyssa sylvatica  Horse-chestnut, Red Aesculus x carnea
Sycamore Plantanus occidentalis  Buckeye, Ohio Aesculus glabra