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Tree Removal


ALPHARETTA TREE REMOVAL REQUIREMENTS

A Tree Removal Permit Application MUST be submitted to the City of Alpharetta prior to the removal of any tree (DEAD or ALIVE) from any property within the City limits. For more information please see the information below.

Please contact the City of Alpharetta Arborist with any questions that may not be answered below regarding tree removal at: (678) 297-6229 or treepermits@alpharetta.ga.us

NOTE: SPECIMEN TREES ARE GIVEN SPECIAL PROTECTIONS BY LAW AND THEIR REMOVAL WITHOUT A PERMIT MAY INCUR ADDITIONAL FINES AND PENALTIES. 

Size Criteria for Specimen trees are defined as:
Understory Trees: 8” in diameter and greater
Overstory Trees: 24” dbh and greater
Pine Trees: 30” dbh and greater
Diameter is measured at 4 ½ feet above the ground and is called diameter at breast height (dbh)

    

Storm Damaged / Emergency


STORM DAMAGED TREE REMOVAL REQUIREMENTS

In the event of a severe storm that causes trees to topple or break the City of Alpharetta will not require a tree removal permit for the removal of these trees.. HOWEVER, documentation of the storm damaged trees must be submitted. Please provide photographs of all the damaged trees to be removed and email them along with your address and any other pertinent information to treepermits@alpharetta.ga.us  

If you do not have access to email please take photographs for your records and call (678) 297-6229 to let the City know that you are removing storm damaged trees. You will not need to submit a tree removal permit application and you will not receive any official notification of permission from the City of Alpharetta. Removal of trees without providing the required documentation of the storm damaged tree or trees may result in a violation of the tree protection ordinance.


All other non-storm damaged trees WILL require a tree removal permit through the normal process


 

EMERGENCY TREE REMOVALS

Emergency tree removals will be handled on a case by case basis.

During normal business hours call the City Arborist at (678) 297-6229 prior to any emergency removals.

If an emergency removal must occur during non-business hours provide the City Arborist with a voice message, fax, or email as soon as possible.

Take pictures to document the removal and submit a completed application and any supporting documentation by the next business day.


Contact Information: (678) 297-6229 or treepermits@alpharetta.ga.us

 

Commercial / Residential


COMMERCIAL TREE REMOVAL

Removal of trees within common areas of residential neighborhoods such as clubhouses, tennis courts, pools, neighborhood entrances, etc will be treated as commercial properties.

In most cases trees that are removed will need to be replaced on site to comply with zoning requirements as well as maintain the minimum density requirement for commercial properties at 20 units per acre.


RESIDENTIAL TREE REMOVAL

Tree removals will not cause a property to go below the minimum density requirements as stated in the Tree Protection Ordinance. For example a typical residential lot of 15,000 square feet is required to have 6 Over-story Trees, 12 Understory trees, or a combination of Overstory and Understory trees equal to the requirement spread over entire lot area.

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