Removing a tree in your yard may not be as simple as just cutting it down. Depending on where you live, you may be required to get a permit before removing the tree. Some cities have certain key policies that must be adhered to during tree removal. Primarily these are oriented towards the safety of yourself, others and prevent destruction of property.
You might also be required to a tree removal permit based on its size. If you have a large and very dense tree with dangerously overhanging branches, you will be required to obtain a permit. This is because of the possible danger posed when cutting the tree. People and even animals have been killed during tree felling and property damaged. Therefore the permit stipulates under what conditions the tree cutting can take place.
Cutting down trees in some cities will attract legal action based on the tree preservation ordinances on tree removal.City ordinances list specially regulated trees into two categories:
i. Significant tree; trees above a certain height or considered a perfect specimen
ii. Heritage tree; trees considered to be of significant age.
You can remove a tree if they fall under any of these two categories even though it’s not always a guarantee.
Using a tree removal company ensures that you adhere by the city policies as they process the permit for you. They have the right machinery and professional arborists who understand the nature of the job and how to do it right.
So are there instances where you can cut down a tree without a permit?
In most cases, you will require a permit to remove a tree. Cutting down a tree without a permit is always at the discretion of the owner. This is why you need to find out your city ordinances before you start.
However, you can remove a tree without a permit if it’s dead. A tree service will use an arborist to get rid of the tree without a permit.
You also don’t need a permit for tree pruning. If the tree is on your property and not hazardous, you can do it yourself or use an arborist.
Another instance is trimming a tree around utility lines. You don’t need a permit for this as it’s meant for public safety. It is recommended that you use a certified arborist to avoid injuring yourself or others.
Also, if a tree is dangerous to humans and property, you do not need to obtain a permit. Some trees may be damaged by harsh weather conditions such as storms therefore you may need to remove them. Processing a tree removal permit can take weeks. Simply document the issue and verify with city arborists so as to begin.
How to process a tree removal permit
Different states have different tree removal ordinances. You will be required to download a form, fill it and submit. You might also be required to attach an arborist report, photographs and site plan. The fee also vary based on the cities. Some of the conditions needed for the tree to be removed include: