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Every county, and sometimes towns, have different regulations for tree planting and removal.  Use this page as a guide to help you in your tree work ideas and planning.  It is always best to have GreenTopps Tree Services come out and handle tree removal for you.

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Charlotte County Trees Ordinance


A tree removal permit is required if the following conditions are met:
(partial list, see Sec. 3-2-187 use link above for full list)

  • All native trees (per Sec. 3-2-186 subsection (k) ) if they are greater than 4 caliper inches
  • Any Palm (per Sec. 3-2-186 Subsection (k) ) with greater than 6 feet of clear trunk.

Exceptions
(partial list, see Sec. 3-2-188 use link above for full list)

  • Removal of dead trees.
  • Removal of non-native trees (not outlines in Sec. 3-2-186 subsection (k) )
  • Removal of native trees in within utility, drainage, and road right-of-way easements. See Sec. 3-2-188 subsection (a)(9) for more details

Fines / Penalties for Tree Removal without Permit
(full explanation of penalties outlined in Sec. 3-2-203 subsection (c) in link above)

  • 1st offense, the fee is four times the original tree removal fee.
  • 2nd offense in one calendar, same as 1st offense plus $150
  • Multiple offenses in one calendar, same as 1st offense plus $500 for each occurrence.

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Charlotte County Trees Ordinance

Manatee County Tree Removal Authorization & Permits


Tree removal authorization is required for residential street trees, and a tree removal permit is required for Homeowner Association (HOA) common areas, commercial sites and conservation areas.

To report illegal tree removal, contact Code Enforcement at (941) 748-3094 or [email protected].


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Tree Removal Instructions

City of North Port Tree Protection Regulations


A tree removal permit is required if the following conditions are met:
(partial list, see Sec. 45-7 & 45-8 use link above for full list)

  • Removal of the tree will bring the property’s tree canopy below 35%.
  • If the tree is classified as a Heritage Tree
    • Diameter is > 30″ at breast/chest height, see Sec. 45-12 use link above for full definition.
  • If a property owner in a residential subdivision, Residential Single-Family (RSF), Residential Manufactured Home (RMH)

Fines / Penalties for Tree Removal without Permit
(full explanation of penalties outlined in Sec. 45-14 Section B in link above)

  • Residential: $250.00 per tree OR $2,500.00 fine shall be assessed per 10,000 square feet of lot/parcel if multiple trees.
  • Non-Residential: $500.00 per tree OR $5,000.00 fine shall be assessed per 10,000 square feet of lot/parcel if multiple trees.

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City of North Port Tree Protection Regulations

Sarasota County Trees Ordinance


A tree removal permit is required if the following conditions are met:
(partial list, see Sec. 54-586 use link above for full list)

  • Trees pose a safety hazard to people, flow of traffic, buildings, vehicles and / or utility lines.
  • Tree prevents access to a lot.
  • Tree prevents development of a lot.
  • Tree is damaged, diseased or weakened caused by age, storm or fire
  • Tree qualifies as a Grand Tree, see calculations below

Exceptions
(partial list, see Sec. 54-585 use link above for full list)

  • Exotic Tree (Brazilian Pepper, Punk or Melaleuca, Australian Pine, Carrotwood, Chinaberry or Chinese Tallow)
  • Emergency Removal due to lose of utilities

Fines / Penalties for Tree Removal without Permit
(full explanation of penalties outlined in Sec. 54-591 Section B in link above)

  • Grand Tree: $500 / Diameter at Breast Height (DBH)

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Sarasota County Trees Ordinance

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