McHenry tree ordinance is all about controlling and directing work on trees in the county to ensure that the environment is well conserved.

As a result, you will need a permit to remove some of the trees you find in the county.

The summary before will help you find out about regulations on private trees, public trees when you need a permit, and how to get one.

Here, on McHenry tree ordinance guide, there are comprehensive details related to tree works and tree preservation.

Tree removal permit McHenry

Yes. But under some conditions.

It is not all the time that you will be required to get a permit to remove trees from your private property in McHenry county.

However, if your trees are among the protected trees then you need a permit.

Protected trees include the endangered trees, heritage trees, significant trees, and public trees.

Oaks are some of the most endangered trees in McHenry county.

Here is a link on protected oak trees in McHenry.

https://files.mccdistrict.org//research/Oaks%20of%20McHenry%20County.pdf

Can I plant trees on public streets in McHenry county?

Yes.  It is possible to plant trees on public streets in McHenry. The county gives its residents a chance to apply for a permit that will help them plant trees along the right of way and other areas on public property.

However, in case you make the application and get a permit, then you have to maintain the trees as well.

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Can I remove public trees in McHenry?

Yes. The county of McHenry removes trees but under specific conditions. These conditions include the following.

  • When a tree is dead
  • In case a tree is either infested or diseased such that it poses a threat to the public or other trees.
  • When the trees in question are blocking or obstructing traffic or traffic lights.
  • In case such trees are interfering with the provision of public utilities such as electricity, gas, water or cable tv.
  • When the county has authorized a development.
  • In case the need to remove the said trees will provide a better environment for other trees according to forestry standards.

Does the county remove trees?

In McHenry county, tree replacement is necessary. In case you get a permit to remove trees on public property, or private property, in most cases replacement will be required.

Once you get a tree removal permit you must find out about the county’s tree replacement guidelines.

Here is a link to tree replacement.

https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/home/showdocument?id=28431

McHenry County Tree replacement

In McHenry county, tree replacement is necessary. In case you get a permit to remove trees on public property, or private property, in most cases replacement will be required.

Once you get a tree removal permit you must find out about the county’s tree replacement guidelines.

Here is a link on tree replacement.

https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/home/showdocument?id=28431

Can I appeal a decision on tree removal application?

Yes. The county of McHenry gives room for its residents to appeal a decision on tree removal application.

However, you are given a specific time within which you have to file your application.

When filing for an appeal, you have to make sure that you provide information that will help in supporting your appeal. It is also crucial to get a report from an independent arborist.

Are there penalties for illegal tree removal in McHenry?

Yes. There are heavy fines for anyone who is found guilty of violating the tree preservation codes. You may also be required to replace the trees.

Ben McInerney
Author: Ben McInerney - Ben is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing. Ben is dedicated to providing users with the most accurate up-to-date information on everything trees.