The removal of regulated trees in unincorporated Alachua County requires a tree removal permit. This permit is necessary to help manage healthy canopy renewal. Depending on the size and quality of trees to be removed, mitigation plantings or fee in lieu of planting may be required. Similarly fines maybe assessed when regulated trees are removed without a permit. Request a tree permit form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to remove regulated trees in Alachua County, or call the Growth Management Department at 352-374-5249.
Learn more about the Alachua County’s Tree and Native vegetation codes by visiting the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) section 406, Article 2: Alachua County’s Trees and Native Vegetation Code.
Effective July 1st, 2019, HB1159 (F.S. 163.045) prohibits local governments from requiring "a notice, application, approval, permit, fee, or mitigation for the pruning, trimming, or removal of a tree on residential property if the property owner obtains documentation from an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture or a Florida licensed landscape architect that the tree presents a danger to persons or property." If you have questions about this new statute, please call County Code Enforcement at 352-337-6189 to avoid any potential violations of the County’s Land Development Code or this new state statute.