As a rule, no permit is required to remove trees on private property.
Exceptions: when a permit to remove a tree is required:
- If property is within a locally designated historic area (such as Maywood) and more than 15 inches in diameter, you need a permit from the Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board. Contact Rebeccah Ballo.
- If the tree is within a Resource Protection Area (RPA), you need permission from the Department Of Environmental Services. RPAs are areas within 100 feet of a stream . Contact Christin Jolicoeur prior to proposed tree removal if an RPA is present on your property. Find a map of RPAs here: Link
The permit process to remove a tree in the RPA is quick for dead or hazardous trees.
For by-right development projects over 2,500 square feet, a tree preservation and planting plan is required, per the Chesapeake Bay Ordinance. Please refer to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance for more information.
Trees on public land are usually managed by their managing agency, or the Department of Parks and Recreation tree maintenance crew.