Engineering Division
Clearing Trees on Your Property

You need to obtain a Tree Removal Permit from the Engineering Division whenever you intend to knock trees down. This application is available in the Forms, Licenses and Permits section of the Home Page listed as Clearing/ Tree Removal It costs $35 per application involving 5 or less trees and $100 for removal of 6 or more trees, and is available from the Engineering Division. For every tree over 9" in diameter that you propose to remove, you must plant another tree. Replacement trees must be ten to fourteen feet in height after planting with a minimum caliper of 2" (measured one foot above ground level). If the homeowner cannot comply with this requirement, the Engineering Division will consider alternative sizes and types of trees on a case by case basis. Replacement trees may be placed in any suitable location on the lot however they must be planted in a manner which will give that particular variety of tree the best chances of survival. Shade trees (usually found about four feet from the sidewalk or curb) must be replanted in their original location and have more stringent tree size and type constraints.

If you are clearing trees in conjunction with the installation of a pool, you need to obtain a separate Tree Removal Permit. The location of all trees to be removed should be clearly indicated on the survey or grading plan attached to your Pool Permit application

Trees specifically recommended as replacement shade trees.

Hardwood Evergreen
Red Maple Sugar Norway Spruce
Maple Norway Maple White Pine
Honey Locust Eastern Red Cedar
American Beech Canadian Hemlock

Trees specifically prohibited as replacement shade trees.

Poplar Sweetgum Sassafras Tulip Tree
Silver Maple All Types of Willow Trees