Tree Removal Application: Requirements, Processes & Penalties

Here is a tree removal application guide.

Do you have a tree you wish to be removed or fell? One thing you’ll need to figure out is the necessary authorities to seek permission from, and the mode of application involved in dealing with such situations.

How to Apply for Tree Removal

This is where we come in, as we show you the best method and mode of application with the implications of such action or inaction. Importantly, you should be more preoccupied with the contents of the application.

What You Need to Know

Before you remove a tree from your residence or business environment, you first need to apply for a permit from the regulating authorities.

This permit will depend on the tree species, its condition, and the type of removal procedure intended.

Some exemptions may duly apply as there are management authorities, backed by law to protect certain trees.

  • Review of Affidavit

Here, you will require the expertise of a certified arborist.

He will evaluate the tree condition and fill in the necessary paper works. It saves you time and money when you hire the services of a certified arborist, as he is conversant with all it takes to review an affidavit.

  • Consent of an Authorized Agent

The arborist, after filling the necessary paper works and review of affidavit, applies on your behalf to the agency, clearly stating your reasons, and seeking their consent on why you need the particular tree removed.

  • Your Site Plan Drawing to Scale

Your site plan drawing to scale, shows your property lines, neighboring buildings, and where the existing trees are on the site. Particularly, the tree to be removed is usually marked out with an “X”.

  • Pictorial Evidence

This is optional but highly recommended. You need to provide a photograph of the trees in question, for the authority’s perusal.

If you have fixed any damage, caused by the tree, before your application, evidence of receipts can help in verification and further granting of permission by the authorities to remove a tree, in a bid to avoid future damage.

  • Is the Tree in Question Protected?

There are trees, protected against extinction by authorities and exempted from removal in any form. You will discover that such trees need the agency’s consent before any action is taken on them.

However, they are not totally exempted if they pose a threat to human life and health.

Tree removal permits, are essential and issued for trees that are structurally damaged, unhealthy and diseased. Also for tree problems that cannot be resolved any other way and those that can cause damage to the environment and property.

  • Why Are Trees on My Property Protected?

Untraceable trees are considered property of the community.

They bring great benefits to the entire community; cleaner air, less soil erosion, mild temperatures in the summer, promotes birdlife, and a whole lot of economic benefits.

However, such trees are also known as heritage trees.

That is, trees that are believed to be of a significant age, considered to be in the best interest of the public, and to be preserved for historic or future reference.

How Do I Apply for A Tree Removal?

Simple! You only need to know the address of the regulatory agency in your community responsible for preserving trees, as you will need to write an application letter to them, stating the reasons why the tree ought to be removed.

Do a quick internet search for tree removal, stating your location clearly, then follow the steps that pop up for you as prepare by the agencies in charge.

You may need to write to two or more agencies, depending on the number of regulatory agencies assigned to your community. You will, however, have to wait for feedback from them, before you proceed to remove the tree(s) in question.

Often, positive feedbacks are gotten, but it is, however, important you wait to receive valid permission from the agency, to avoid query, punishments, and fines.

Reasons to Remove A Tree

You will notice lately, as in many other cities, thousands of trees are cut down yearly, to accommodate, increasing population, new building structures, hoardings, and infrastructure.

Urbanization proves important for economic, personal, and social growth.

Below are some reasons why you need to apply for tree removal. These reasons vary according to your community. Reasons that pose threat to health, life, and property are mostly considered and granted permission.

  • If the tree branches or leaves clutter the neighbor’s yard.
  • If they pose a threat to health and life.
  • When the tree roots damage the neighbor’s driveway.
  • When the tree blocks the otherwise beautiful view.
  • When the roots cause cracks in the walls and basement.
  • When the tree doesn’t bloom or sprout new leaves.
  • When the tree is leaning over your house or property.
  • If the tree is too tall according to your local ordinances.
  • If the tree is dripping sap on the neighbor’s car.
  • When you notice cracks or holes in the tree trunk.
  • When the tree crosses utility lines.
  • If the tree is ugly, dead, and rotting or decaying.
  • If the tree is dangerous to children or passers-by.

Penalties of Disobedience

You should come to terms with the fact that each state or city, has its own laid down rules and regulations regarding tree management and preservation.

Penalties apply to anyone who violates certain rules. These penalties vary according to cities.

Below are examples of some general penalties that may apply to defaulters:

  • It is first of all an offense to remove trees without a permit.
  • Depending on how serious the offense is, you may be issued a penalty infringement notice, or prosecuted in your local court.
  • Monetary fines are made to defaulters, depending on your city code of conduct.
  • Defaulters serve jail time, depending on your regulatory agency ACTs.

Many people, due to their ignorance of the regulatory rules, attract fines and other forms of penalties from the agencies. You must obey your city’s application rules first, before proceeding to remove unwanted trees, to avoid imposing unnecessary penalties on yourself.

This is all you should take into consideration before and during filing for a tree removal application.

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