No permit is required to remove trees on private property in most cases.
Exceptions requiring a permit to remove a tree:
- 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 John Liebertz.
- If the tree is within a Resource Protection Area (RPA), you need permission from the Department of Environmental Services. RPAs are found within 100 feet of a stream. Contact Christin Jolicoeur prior to proposed tree removal if an RPA is present on the property. Find a map of RPAs.
The permit process is expedited for removal of a dead or hazardous tree in an RPA.
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 a federal or state agency or the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation tree maintenance crew.