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Tree Ordinances

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Alpharetta Tree Ordinances (city limits)

Permit Required:

All living trees 3" DBH or if 6 or more trees being removed from one property. (No permit needed for dead/dying trees.)

Specimen trees:
Understory (i.e. dogwoods) >=8",
Overstory (i.e. hardwoods) >=24",
Pines >= 30" DBH

Specifies:

A permit MUST be obtained and DISPLAYED during removal.
Fax or e-mail application
(Commercial property including churches have special ordinances)

Fee: none

Contact

David Shostak - Arborist
[email protected]

Phone & Fax

678-297-6200 (x 1202)      
678-297-6200 (x 1229)   
678-297-6201 (fax)

Atlanta Tree Ordinances (city limits)

Permit Required:

ANY tree over 6"
Exception: mimosa, tree of heaven, bradfords, nuisance trees >12" need a permit
Exception: trees within structural root area - see separate chart for diameter and distance criteria

Specifies:

Permitted trees include, dead/dying, hazardous, or in the way of a permitted construction project, or where structural root plate affected.  (Must have password and submit online or in person)

Fee: none

Contact

Jorge Rivera
City Arborist-main contact
Arborist is assigned by geographical area.

Phone & Fax

404-330-6078
404-658-6977 (fax)

Berkeley Lake

Permit Required:

Yes

Specifies:

HOMEOWNER TO OBTAIN

Fee

Contact

Phone & Fax

Brookhaven Tree Ordinances (city limits)

Permit Required:

If cutting more than five non-specimen living trees 6" DBH or more from one property. (No permit needed for dead/dying trees.)

Specimen trees:
 >= 30" DBH

Specifies:

A letter from a Certified Arborist with photos, lot size, and identification of remaining trees required.

Fee: none

Contact

James Bassett
[email protected]

Phone & Fax

404-637-0500 (Main)      
404-637-0576 (Direct)

Chamblee (city limits)

Permit Required:

None for homeowners

Specifies

Fee

Contact

Phone & Fax

Clarkston Tree Ordinances (city limits)

Permit Required:

10% of living trees per year are allowed.

Specimen trees: must itemize (see DeKalb definitions)

Specifies:

Certified Arborist letter required.  Tree service must have business license and insurance certificate on file.

Fee: none

Contact

Noreen
3921 Church St, Clarkston 30021

Phone & Fax

404-296-6489
404-296-6480 (fax)

Cobb City

Permit Required:

No permit needed

Specifies

Fee

Contact

Phone & Fax

Decatur Tree Ordinances (city limits)

Permit Required:

Tree Ordinance for homeowners being developed now.  City presently conforms with DeKalb County requirements (exception Developers)

Specimen trees:

see DeKalb County

Specifies:

Fee: none

Contact

Ed Macie

Phone & Fax

404-316-3546

Dekalb City (Tucker, Brookhaven, etc.)

Permit Required:

For specimen trees >30 dbh and if cutting more than 5 trees (6"-30" dbh)
(Generally homeowners are allowed to remove 5 healthy trees/year)
The 5 trees do not include dead, dying, diseased, hazardous.

Specifies:

No form  -  Fax letter describing scope and reasons (Letter from Certified Arborist )

Fee: none

(curbside p\u if <4' lengths,

Contact

India Woodson
[email protected]

Phone & Fax

404-371-2685
404-687-3949 (fax)

Doraville (city limits)

Permit Required:

For every tree to be cut.  Specimen trees (>23") require Arborist's Letter.

Specifies:

Tree cutter must obtain permit from city and have busijness license, insurance certificate and bond on file.  (Fill out City Form, hand deliver w/ checks) 

Fee: $25/location, $500 deposit required

Contact

Steven Strickland
Arborist; located at City Hall
Park Ave/Buford Hwy

Phone & Fax

770-451-8745
770-936-3862 (fax)

Duluth (city limits)

Permit Required:

Trees may be cut so long as the remaining tree density of 20 units per acre maintained.  See chart on web site for formula.

Specifies

         Send calculations to city hall.

Fee

         none

Contact

Phone & Fax

Dunwoody (city limits)

Permit Required:

City of Dunwoody subordinate to DeKalb County tree ordinance

Specifies:

Follow DeKalb ordinancwe

Fee: none

Contact

India Woodson

[email protected]

Phone & Fax

404-371-2685
404-687-3949 (fax)

Fulton City (unicorp)

Permit Required:

Specimens only:
Any hardwood >= 27" dbh
Pines, beech >=24" dbh

Specifies:

Fax letter with request

Fee: none

Contact

Gene Calloway (director)

Phone & Fax

404-730-7800
770-777-6508 (fax)

Gwinnett City

Permit Required:

None for homeowners (Commercial property including churches have ordinances)

Specifies

Fee

Contact

Phone & Fax

Johns Creek

Permit Required:

None, unless in protected zone (i.e. river cooridor or stream buffer)

Specifies:

No form  -  e-mail description and reason for removal

Fee: none

Contact

Tree permits: Jennifer Glenn
[email protected]

River corridor: Seth Yurman

seth.yurman@johns
12000 Findley Rd, Ste 400
Johns Creek, GA  30097

Phone & Fax

678-512-3290
678-512-3199 (fax)
678-512-3200 (main)

Marietta, Smyrna

Permit Required:

None for homeowners

Specifies

Fee

Contact

Phone & Fax

Milton

Permit Required:

All trees >= 15 in
Protected trees:
Any hardwood and pines >= 27" dbh.
Magnolia, walnut, beech >=24" dbh.

Small, native, flowering trees >=8" dbh.
No permit for dead trees; all trees within 25 ft of creek bed.

Specifies:

email request

Fee: none

Contact

Mark Law: [email protected]

Phone & Fax

404-213-9484
770-730-1759 (fax)

Norcross (city limits)

Permit Required:

Every tree > 6" dbh
Specimen trees:
>28" dbh (not conifers)

Specifies:

Permit application must be signed by certified arborist or forester. Picture, form, and letter for specimens

Fee: none

Contact

Open position - Director
Robert Patrick - Assistant

Phone & Fax

770-448-2122
770-242-0827 (fax)

Roswell (city limits)

Permit Required:

For any trees removed from a 1 acre lot or more.  For everyone else, specimen trees as defined below require a permit.  Any homeowner desiring to remove a tree >17"dbh should file an application to remove including the reason.
Specimen trees:
Hardwood 24"
Pine 30"
small flowering trees 10" and greater (density left is important) 

Specifies:

Submit application with fee at City Hall.  If Certified Arborist determines tree is defective, only application fee required.  Otherwise non-defective specimen trees require $50 (total) fee and may require replanting or recompense.

Fee: $50 permit; $25 application fee

Contact

Andy Pitner: [email protected]

Phone & Fax

770-594-6293
770-641-3741(fax)

Sandy Springs

Permit Required:

Landmark trees > 18"
Specimen trees:
Hardwoods >= 27" dbh
Pines  >=30" dbh
Homeowners must maintain 30% canopy cover (density left)

Specifies:

Submit info sheet with specifics.  For each healthy specimen tree removed, another tree must be planted

Fee: none

Contact

Michael Barnett
Sandra Dewitt

Phone & Fax

770-206-1576
770-206-1562 (fax)
404-867-6266 (cell)

Suwanee

Permit Required:

No jurisdiction on private property except street trees and stream/river buffers (25', 50', 75')

Specifies

Fee

Contact

Wes Rogers
[email protected]

Phone & Fax

770-945-8996
770-945-2792 (fax)