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New state law does not require city permits for hazardous and/or dangerous tree removal
Property owners no longer need to obtain a tree removal permit from the city for trees deemed hazardous and/or a danger to their property. Property owner will need to obtain proper documentation from a Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture or Licensed Landscape Architect. The City Code Enforcement Officer will investigate complaints about trees being removed and will request the property owner to provide proof of proper documentation of tree removal.
Private Property Rights Section 163.045, Florida Statutes, Tree pruning, trimming, or removal on residential property.
(1) A local government may not require 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.(2) A local government may not require a property owner to replant a tree that was pruned, trimmed, or removed in accordance with this section.(3) This section does not apply to the exercise of specifically delegated authority for mangrove protection pursuant to ss. 403.9321-403.9333.