Is this a City tree? Do I need a tree impact permit? How do I get a tree impact permit? Additional Information Contacts
Street trees in the right of way and trees on City-owned or controlled property are City Trees. A Tree Impact Permit is required for all City trees impacted in City right of way and City-owned or controlled property.
Is this a City tree?
A City Tree is in the public right-of-way. The public right-of-way is not a specific distance from the curb. Sometimes the public right-of-way can be difficult to determine without a survey of the property line. Our inspectors will help with a determination when requested.
Do I need a tree impact permit?
You need a tree impact permit to do any work near or to a tree on City-owned or maintained property.
Some work which requires a tree impact permit includes:
- Tree Trimming/Pruning
- Tree Removal
- Tree Planting
- Trenching, Grading, Auguring, or Boring within critical root zone*
- Use of equipment or trucks within critical root zone*
- Storage of soil, stone, mulch, or supplies within the critical root zone*
- Concrete, Asphalt, or Stone Repair or Construction within the critical root zone*
- Application of Chemical or Biological Agents or Runoff
- Installing Tree Protection Fence
*The critical root zone is the main structural and functional part of the root system. It is a protected circular area around a tree with a radius equal to 1.25 feet per inch of tree diameter (DBH) measured at 4.5 feet above grade with the tree trunk at the center of the circle.
How do I get a tree impact permit?
If your work is being reviewed by the City on a plan, tree impact permits will be given through the review process. If the work is not being reviewed on a plan, complete a request for a Tree Impact Permit:
To Report Tree Issues: 919-996-4115
Forestry Operations Manager: Mark Davin 919-996-4115
Urban Forestry Inspector: David Norris 919-996-4917
Urban Forestry Inspector: Harvey Norris 919-996-4872
City Arborist: Anthony McLamb 919-996-4873
Development Forester: Chris Crum 919-996-2561
Urban Forester: Zach Manor 919-996-4868