Do I need to replace a tree, palm or hedge after it has been removed?
Yes. As a condition to granting a permit, the city may permit the applicant to relocate or replace a tree being removed at the applicant's expense in lieu of payment of tree removal fee, either within the project site, or in the event that replacement of the tree within the site is not practical, with the concurrence of the city, on public or private land owned by the permit applicant within the city, retaining for future use or donating to any citizen or group of citizens, for any purpose deemed in the public interest by the city commission. A replacement tree shall be a type of species having shade potential and other positive values, as further described in the landscape manual, at least equal to that of the tree being removed, and shall be a minimum of 12 feet in height when planted. The planted tree shall not be of the nuisance types as defined elsewhere herein. Trees must be relocated or replaced as specified by this section within 30 days of the granting of a tree removal permit; provided, however, if the trees are to be removed to facilitate construction or development activities, said relocation or replacement must be completed prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy on the construction, development site or phase of development, as applicable. The trees to be relocated or replaced must be maintained in a healthy growing condition and guaranteed for a period of at least one (1) year.

For tree replacement requirements of one to five trees, a minimum of 30% native species shall be utilized as a replacement tree. For six to 10 replacement trees required, a minimum of 30% native species shall be utilized. For 11 to 20 replacement trees required, a minimum of 30% native species shall be utilized. For 21 to 50 replacement trees required, a minimum of 30% native species shall be utilized. For 51 or more replacement trees required, a minimum of 30% native species shall be utilized.

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1. Is a permit required to remove a tree, palm or hedge?
2. Do I need to replace a tree, palm or hedge after it has been removed?
3. What type of tree does not require a tree removal permit?
4. Do I need a permit to prune/trim my trees or palms?