Tree Information for Homeowners

Tree Planting

If you are looking to plant a new tree on your own property, there is no permit required. See the latest Florida Exotic Plant Species list for tree species banned in the state of Florida. See the following planting guidelines:

  • 6’ distance from underground utilities
  • Vegetation that exceeds twenty-five (25) feet in height at maturity shall not be planted closer than thirty (30) feet from the vertical plane of an existing power line, excluding service wires
  • Do not plant under existing canopy
  • And always Call Before You Dig, by calling 811 or visiting www.sunshine811.com.

If you are looking to plant a new tree in the city right-of-way you can request a free tree planting through the Tree-Mendous Tampa program.

Tree Pruning

If you are looking to prune a tree on your property that is 23” or under in diameter at breast height (DBH), then no permit is required.

If the tree is 24” or greater in DBH, then you must first obtain a permit. All tree pruning permits will be inspected by a Forester from Natural Resources prior to release. Alternatively, you can hire a City of Tampa Self-Certified Private Arborist to perform the inspection and submit their report, to be reviewed by Natural Resources. See SCPA program page for more details.

All pruning performed should be in accordance with all International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.

If you are looking to prune a tree in the city right-of-way, you must first obtain permission from City of Tampa Parks Department Forestry Division.

Tree Removal

All removals of trees 5” in DBH or above (excluding invasive species) require a permit for removal (Apply Online).

Grand Trees* (32” or greater in DBH) require special circumstances for removal – if the tree is not in hazardous condition, it may require a Variance Review Board, City Council, or other public process decision to allow the removal.

All tree removals are subject to mitigation, or replacement tree plantings, depending on the size and health of the tree being removed, and the number of other trees being retained on the property. The mitigation value is determined by Natural Resources during review. If there is no room to reasonably plant replacement trees on site, you can pay into the tree fund at $300 per tree.

All tree removal permits will be reviewed by a Forester from Natural Resources prior to release. Alternatively, you can hire a City of Tampa Self-Certified Private Arborist to perform the inspection and submit a report to be reviewed by Natural Resources. See SCPA program page for more details. Note: Prior to removal of Grand Trees, an applicant must first go through Public Notice.

  1. Tree Owner Permit Affidavit
  2. Tree Evaluation Report
  3. Tree Table (Microsoft Excel Open XML Format Spreadsheet)
  4. Trees Which Do Not Require a Permit to Remove
  5. Urban Forest Management Plan
  6. Urban Forest Analysis

Report online or call the TREE HOTLINE: 258-TREE (8733)

 

 

  1. Tampa City Ordinance Chapter 27-284– Natural Resources: Trees, Landscaping, Wetlands, Upland Habitat
  2. Trees Which Do Not Require a Permit to Remove
  3. Tree Removal from Right of Ways
  4. Tree-Mendous tree program