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4 Situations That Require a Permit for Tree Removal

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If there is a tree on your property that you want removed either because it is potentially dangerous to the structure of your home or because it does not add any appeal to your home, then you will want to know how to do so safely. Although you may feel comfortable removing the tree on your own, there are certain situations that require a permit and the use of professionals. Here are four situations when you must have a permit in order to go through with tree removal.

  1. The Tree Is Along the Road:  If the tree is along the side of the road, it's not technically owned by you, and to have it removed, you will need a permit. This is because the city owns the tree on this part of your property. A city official will come out to evaluate the need for removing the tree and will then ask that you hire professionals once you receive the permit that okays the removal. In some cases, the city may order the professional assistance of tree removal for you.
  2. You Are Disturbing A Lot of Soil:  Every state will have different regulations concerning how much soil you are able to disturb before needing a permit, so it's important to know what these limitations are in your state and city. If you believe you may come close to this number, hire a professional such as Pete & Ron's Tree Service to evaluate the tree. They will be able to tell you whether or not you need a permit for this reason.
  3. You Live Within the Authority of a Homeowner's Association: Your homeowners association may require a permit for tree removal whether or not the city requires one. It's important that you talk with your homeowner's association before going forward with tree removal, since you could be heavily fined if they did not approve the work. Your homeowner's association may also require that you hire professionals along with having a permit for the removal. 
  4. There Are Hazards: If there are certain hazards, such as wire that the tree could potentially disturb when it is removed, you need to have the situation evaluated by the city. If this is the case, the city will need to remove the hazard or determine how the hazard can be avoided, and then they will need to provide you with a permit that approves of the job. 

When you know these four situations that require a permit for tree removal, you can be sure that you are prepared for your tree removal and will not be subject to any hefty fines because you did not follow through with a permit.