Tree Impact Permit

Last updated Sep. 05, 2019 - 6:34 am

A Tree Impact Permit is required for all trees impacted in City right of way and City-owned or controlled property.

Is this a City tree?

Trees in the city right of way are protected and maintained by the city

A City Tree is in the public right-of-way. The public right-of-way is not a specific distance from the curb. Sometimes the public right-of-way can be difficult to determine without a survey of the property line. Our inspectors will help with a determination when requested.

Do I need a tree impact permit?

You need a tree impact permit to do any work near or to a tree on City-owned or maintained property.

Some work which requires a tree impact permit includes:

  • Tree Trimming/Pruning
  • Tree Removal
  • Tree Planting
  • Trenching, Grading, Auguring, or Boring within critical root zone*
  • Use of equipment or trucks within critical root zone*
  • Storage of soil, stone, mulch, or supplies within the critical root zone*
  • Concrete, Asphalt, or Stone Repair or Construction within the critical root zone*
  • Application of Chemical or Biological Agents or Runoff
  • Installing Tree Protection Fence


*The critical root zone is the main structural and functional part of the root system. It is a protected circular area around a tree with a radius equal to 1.25 feet per inch of tree diameter (DBH) measured at 4.5 feet above grade with the tree trunk at the center of the circle.

How do I get a tree impact permit?

If your work is being reviewed by the City on a plan, tree impact permits will be given through the review process. If the work is not being reviewed on a plan, complete a request for a Tree Imacpt Permit:


To Report Tree Issues: 919-996-4115

Forestry Operations Manager: Mark Davin 919-996-4115

Urban Forestry Inspector: David Norris 919-996-4917

Urban Forestry Inspector: Harvey Norris 919-996-4872

City Arborist: Anthony McLamb 919-996-4873

Urban Forester: Zach Manor 919-996-4868

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