Tree Removal Permit Required

Tree Removal Permit Required
The removal of specimen trees (trees with a diameter over 18 inches measured at four feet above the ground) and non-specimen trees destroys shade and animal habitat, and negatively impacts the natural environment.

However, in some cases it is necessary to remove a potential hazard that could cause safety concerns. Each tree permit application is carefully reviewed by staff to determine if removal or relocation of a tree is warranted, and if a permit is required.

A tree removal permit is required for the removal or relocation of any tree not specifically exempted by Pinecrest. A tree removal permit application is available online or at the Building and Planning Department located at 12645 Pinecrest Parkway, Pinecrest, Florida.

Invasive Trees
When removing invasive trees such as Bishopwood, Laurel Fig, Carrotwood, Brazilian Pepper, Mahoe, Schefflera or Hong Kong Orchid, the Village does not charge a fee but requires confirmation of the invasive species by a Village arborist 
- Replacement or mitigation may be required
- Fill out a tree removal/relocation application, if you suspect a tree on your property is invasive. A complete list of exempt trees is included in the application.

Hazardous Trees
It is recommended that a Village arborist verify that the tree is hazardous before it is removed 
- Or property owners must have a letter from an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, or a Florida licensed landscape architect certifying that the tree presents a danger to persons or property
- Once these conditions are met, a tree removal permit and tree replacement may not be required