Why do we protect trees?
Trees are a vital part of the ecosystem and provide needed shade and other environmental benefits, such as cleaning the air, conserving soil and water, moderating temperatures, and bringing nature into our daily lives. The City of Tampa's regulations are designed to protect and enhance the trees that make up the Urban Forest.
How to maintain and remove trees?
All trees need to be maintained regularly, and some trees need to be removed under certain circumstances. The information here is essential guidance for pruning and removing trees located on residential private property.
Do I need a permit to prune or remove a tree?
Usually. For trees located on residential private property, a permit may be required to prune or remove a tree. For a list of some trees that do not require a permit and learn more about our Tree-Mendous tree program.
Who can obtain a permit?
Licensed General Contractor, Tree Service, authorized agent or one and two family home owner can submit/obtain this permit.
How to obtain a permit
Step 1 - Start Application
Complete and submit an Online application and an Owner Permit Affidavit. Please specify the tree type, approximate size, location, and reason for pruning/removal. You can submit the form directly, or have it submitted on your behalf by a Licensed General Contractor, an authorized tree service, or a certified arborist.
Step 2 - Pay Application Fee
A summary of fees is available on the Fee Schedule page.
Step 3 - Submit for Review
A City Client Facilitator will review the application to ensure completeness.
Step 4 - Schedule Arborist Inspection
Schedule a City of Tampa Arborist consultation OR you can engage a City of Tampa Self-Certified Private Arborist directly to complete the inspection for you [New]
Step 5 - Obtain Permit
Obtain a Permit to perform the pruning/removal. Do not perform any work until you have received the City permit.
Step 6 - Perform work
Perform the work as approved by the permit.
Want to become a City of Tampa Certified Arborist?
Learn how to become a City of Tampa Certified Arborist. Read the Course Rules Overview
Report Illegal Tree Removal
Report online or call the TREE HOTLINE: 258-TREE (8733)