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 visit the Growth Management Tree Permitting webpage.
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.
pruning, trimming, or removal on residential property.—
purposes of this section, the term:
means an onsite assessment performed in accordance with the tree risk
assessment procedures outlined in Best Management Practices - Tree Risk
Assessment, Second Edition (2017) by an arborist certified by the International
Society of Arboriculture (ISA) or a Florida licensed landscape architect and
signed by the certified arborist or licensed landscape architect.
property” means a single-family, detached building located on a lot that is
actively used for single-family residential purposes and that is either a
conforming use or a legally recognized nonconforming use in accordance with the
local jurisdiction’s applicable land development regulations.
local government may not require a notice, application, approval, permit, fee,
or mitigation for the pruning, trimming, or removal of a tree on a residential
property if the property owner possesses documentation from an arborist
certified by the ISA or a Florida licensed landscape architect that the tree
poses an unacceptable risk to persons or property. A tree poses an unacceptable
risk if removal is the only means of practically mitigating its risk below
moderate, as determined by the tree risk assessment procedures outlined in Best
Management Practices - Tree Risk Assessment, Second Edition (2017).
local government may not require a property owner to replant a tree that was
pruned, trimmed, or removed in accordance with this section.
section does not apply to the exercise of specifically delegated authority for
mangrove protection pursuant to ss. 403.9321-403.9333.
History.—s. 1, ch. 2019-155; s. 1, ch. 2022-121.