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  • Spring Cleaning Tree Bill

    Saturday, May 18, 2019   /   by Tyler Anderson

    Spring Cleaning Tree Bill

    Currently, the process for tree removal in Tampa can be a real pain in the you know what... 

    tree trim.jpgAccording to the Construction Services Division, “The City of Tampa’s code states that no person shall cut down, remove, relocate, damage, or destroy any protected tree unless approved and permitted by the Construction Services Division.” In most cases, if you have a large tree, it’s protected and the city will not allow you to remove it without approval. Without knowledge of how to work the system, many end up stuck.

    However, this past April the state legislation passed a new bill (HB-1159), which prohibits local governments from “requiring notices, applications, approvals, permits, fees, or mitigation for the pruning, trimming, or removal of trees on residential property if a property owner obtains specified documentation…” and “...from requiring property owners to replant such trees.”

    So, if the property owner obtains documentation from an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, or a Florida licensed landscape architect stating that the tree presents a danger to persons or property, the owner would then have the right to remove the tree, or trim it according to the recommendations of the professional.

    This new law has the potential to be a game-changer, not only for private homeowners, but also for developers and builders. Obviously, there is some concern that this new law will be abused, but for right now there seems to be some relief for owners that have been seeking to remove or trim trees that have been restricted up until now.