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Tree Care Permits


At Life's Tree Doctor, we understand that obtaining permits for tree removal can be a daunting task. That's why we're here to help you navigate the process with ease. In this article, we'll provide you with all the information you need to know about obtaining permits for tree removal in your area.

Why Are Permits Required?

Before we delve into the process of obtaining permits, let's first discuss why permits are required in the first place. Permits are necessary because they ensure that tree removal is done in a safe and responsible manner. Additionally, permits help to protect the environment and ensure that trees are not removed unnecessarily.

The Permitting Process

The permitting process for tree removal varies depending on where you live. In general, however, the process will involve the following steps:

  1. Research local tree removal ordinances: The first step in obtaining a permit is to research the local tree removal ordinances in your area. This can usually be done by contacting your local government or visiting their website. (We have individual municipalities listed below to help with this step.)

  2. Determine if a permit is required: Once you've researched local ordinances, you'll need to determine if a permit is required for your tree removal project. In many cases, permits are only required for trees of a certain size or species.

  3. Complete the permit application: If a permit is required, you'll need to complete the permit application. This will typically involve providing information about the tree(s) to be removed, as well as information about the property where the tree(s) are located.

  4. Wait for approval: After submitting your permit application, you'll need to wait for approval from the local government. This can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the complexity of your project.

  5. Hire a professional tree removal service: Once your permit has been approved, you'll need to hire a professional tree removal service to complete the job. Be sure to choose a reputable company that has experience with obtaining permits and following local ordinances.

Obtaining permits for tree removal can be a time-consuming and complex process, but it's necessary to ensure that the job is done safely and responsibly. At Life's Tree Doctor, we're committed to helping our clients navigate the permitting process with ease. If you have any questions about obtaining permits for tree removal, don't hesitate to contact us. Our team of experts is always here to help.

Contact us at Life's Tree Doctor if you need to secure permits for tree removal. We submit dead or hazardous permit applications online for free for all tree’s with a DBH (diameter at breast height) of 6” or more, on behalf of potential clients.  If such a permit is turned down, that means that in the view of the city arborist the tree is not hazardous enough to warrant removal. This decision can be appealed, but usually if you still want to cut the tree it’s best to go through the recompense process, which is described on the website. Please call Life's Tree Doctor, or the City of Atlanta arborists listed below with additional questions.

Thor Leen, Arborist | 404-865-8489
Gregory Ihle, Arborist | 404-330-6882 
Peter Stovall, Arborist | 404-330-6077        
Jason Ernest, Arborist | 404-330-6079  
Andrew Bedson, Arborist | 404-330-6601   
Meghan Chuites, Arborist | 404-865-8892

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