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Tree removal Pinellas County

All Counties have a Tree Preservation ordinance to protect the urban forest and also make sure when the tree is removed, to make sure that it happens in the right manner.

The Ordinance is a set of regulations and guidelines which vary from County to County.

We take a look at tree removal in Pinellas County where you will learn more about regulations, costs, permits, as well as how to hire a professional when removing your trees.

Will I need a permit to remove a tree?

If the tree you are trying to remove is either a Grand tree, significant, or a protected tree, then you will need a permit to remove it.

significant tree is one that is either large, old, or holds a historical significance in the community. Such trees include 30” Banyan, Kapok, and 8” Royal Poinciana and Jacaranda trees.

“Grand tree” is one that is 30 inches in diameter when measured at breast height (DBH) or more except Laurel Oaks.

protected tree is any 4″ shade tree or larger DBH and any 8” understory tree or with a larger DBH.

What does a permit cost?

For people in an incorporated city, they will pay different rates depending on each city.

For those outside incorporated cities, they will pay the following.

  • Residential tree permit where the owner the one paying, it will cost $50 and only $18 if the tree is dead.
  • And for Commercial tree permit is $250.

What is the average cost of tree trimming?

The type of tree that you are trimming will also affect how much you will pay. Some trees grow way bigger than others. The type of trimming operations is another fact that will affect the cost of trimming.

The average $341, but can vary from $80 to $1200. It depends on the size and location of the tree. Palm trimming starts at $75.

The company you hire to trim your trees will also affect the trimming cost. Some companies charge more than others. Another factor is the time of trim. In some seasons, the demand is high, hence high prices, and in other seasons like winter, the demand is low, hence low rates.

Can I remove an oak tree in Pinellas

Yes, however certain types of Oak trees will need a permit to remove. If the tree is more than 30 inches and not Laurel Oak, then you will need to obtain a permit since it falls under the grand tree category.

Since Oak trees can grow huge, always find a professional to do the job. Before hiring a professional make sure that they have credentials like arboriculture certificate minimum level 3, insurance, online reviews, etc.

It is a good way to narrow down to the best company for the job. Another factor to consider is their rates if they impress you or not.

Tree removal laws & permits St. Petersburg FL

As long a tree is not a Protected, Grand or Signature tree, you may remove it without a permit.

Protected tree: Any shade tree 4” or larger diameter at breast height (dbh, as measured 4 ½ feet above ground); any understory tree which is 8” or larger dbh

Grand: Any tree which is 30 inches in diameter dbh or larger, with the exception of Laurel Oaks. Typically, only Live Oaks will grow to this size and be affected by this new code provision.

Signature: This is a new category of non-native trees which because of the size, prevalence and history in our community warrant recognition and protection. Includes Banyan trees, Kapok trees that are 30” or larger dbh and Jacaranda trees and Royal Poinciana trees that are 8” or larger dbh.

Any tree which is 30 inches in diameter dbh (as measured 4 1/2 feet above ground) or larger on the following list, with the exception of Laurel Oaks. Typically, only Live Oaks will grow to this size and be affected by this new code provision. Grand Trees are afforded a higher level of protection and need to be preserved.


Tree preservation ordinance St. Petersburg FL

Tree removal permit application form St. Petersburg FL

City of St. Petersburg,
One 4th Street North,
PO Box 2842, St. Petersburg,
FL 33731-2842

Tree removal laws & permits Dunedin FL

Tree Removal Permits: Many trees in the City of Dunedin cannot be removed without first obtaining a Tree Removal Permit.

You can make an application for a Tree Removal Permit in our offices for $25.00. This application will be reviewed by the City Arborist, and you will receive notification of approval/denial.

The following species of trees may be removed from private property without a permit.

  • Australian pine (Casuarina spp.)
  • Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)
  • Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anacardiopsis)
  • Chinaberry (Melia azedarach)
  • Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana)
  • Chinese tallow (Sapium sebiferum)
  • Citrus (Citrus spp.)
  • Ear tree (Enterolobium cyclocarpa)
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp., except Eucalyptus cinerea)
  • Fig trees (Ficus spp.)
  • Indian rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo)
  • Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria hetrophylla)
  • Orchid (Bauhinia variegate)
  • All Palm species except cabbage palm with 6′ of the clear trunk or greater (Sabal palmetto)
  • Paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera)
  • Punk (Melaleuca quinquinervia)
  • Silk oak (Grevillea robusta)
  • Toog (Bischofia spp.)
  • Woman’s tongue (Albizia lebbeck)
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Tree preservation ordinance Dunedin FL

Tree removal permit application form Dunedin FL

Note: All trees to be removed should be done by a certified arborist with a minimum of Cert. III in Arboriculture

737 Louden Avenue,
Dunedin, FL 34698

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.