Tree removal rules and permits Hillsborough County Florida
Tree removal laws & permits HIllsborough FL
You do require a permit to remove some trees in Hillsborough where other trees can be remove without a permit.
Permits cost $35 and can be obtained by filling in the application form here.
When can I remove a tree without a permit?
Certain trees are exempt from needing a permit for removal
– Dead trees do not require a permit
– trees with tree trunks measuring 5″ DBH or larger (Residential & non-residential properties, developed, vacant or under construction)
– trees with tree trunks measuring 12″ DBH or larger (Residential properties on which the principal dwelling exists)
Trees species that don’t Require a Tree Removal Permit
Though many species of trees require a permit if you want to remove them, a permit is not required for all species. Certain trees have features which are not good for the local environment, so we have made it easier for you to remove them.
The trees in the list below may exhibit one or more of the following traits, so are exempt from permit requirements:
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Acacia auriculiformis||Earleaf Acacia|
|Albizia lebbek||Woman’s Tongue|
|Auracaria araucana||Monkey Puzzle|
|Bauhinia veriegata||Orchid Tree|
|Broussonetia papyrifera||Paper Mulberry|
|Casuarina spp.||Australian Pine|
|Citrus spp.||Citrus Tree|
|Dalbergia sissoo||Indian Rosewood|
|Enterolobium contortisiliquum||Earpod Tree|
|Eugenia uniflora||Surinam Cherry|
|Grevillea robusta||Silk Oak|
|Leucaena leucocephela||Lead Tree|
|Melaleuca ouinquenervia||Punk Tree|
|Mimosa pigra||Catclaw Mimosa|
|Prunus caroliniana||Cherry Laurel|
|Sapium sebiferum||Chinese Tallow|
|Schinus terebinthifolius||Brazilian Pepper|
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Tree removal laws & permits Tampa FL
All trees five (5) inches and over in trunk diameters are protected in the City of Tampa, which means permits for removal must be obtained prior to removal.
All cypress and mangrove trees, regardless of size, require a permit for removal. This applies to private property and public right of way.
Trees that do not require a permit to remove
The following trees do not require permits for removal:
Cherry laurel tree
Brazillian pepper tree
Monkey puzzle tree
Silk oak tree
Wild cherry tree
Chinese tallow tree
Earleaf acacia tree
Golden rain tree
Trimming or removal of trees in right of ways
Trees that are located on private property, but overhang public property or streets, will only be pruned by the City of Tampa, if they are interfering with access or emergency vehicle height clearance.
Pruning will also occur if there has been a branch failure that is blocking access to a public street, sidewalk, or driveway apron off the public street.
Please contact the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, Urban Forestry Division at (813) 274-5744.
To request the trimming and/or removal of trees within medians, City owned empty lots and alleys, please contact the Neighborhood Enhancement, (813) 307-5513.
To request trimming or report trees on overhead power lines, please contact Tampa Electric (TECO) Line Clearance office at (813) 223-0800 or (813) 228-1111.
Note: for information on the cost of cutting a tree down, check our tree removal cost guide here.
Grand or significant trees
Trees over 34 inches in trunk diameter may qualify for grand tree designation.
Grand trees have elevated protection requirements and may only be removed under certain circumstances. In addition, permits are required for pruning grand trees.
Permit fees for pruning grand trees are $116.00
Permit fees for hazardous grand tree removal are $150.00
Permit fees for non-hazardous grand tree removal request, $601.00
Please contact Planning and Urban Design Division, Natural Resources Section at (813) 274-3100, Option 4, for additional information.
Tree removal ordinance Tampa FL
Tree removal permit application form Tampa FL
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1400 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL. 33607
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