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Trees / Site Information

Contact Information: (727) 942-5606 Ext. 2265, 324 East Pine St, Fax (727) 943-4651

Arborists:

Shannon Brewer: sbrewer@ctsfl.us Greg Dobbins:  gdobbins@ctsfl.us

TREE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION: UNDERSTANDING CITY ORDINANCE 133.00

The purpose of City’s Tree Protection and Preservation Ordinance 133.00 is to establish regulations that will have the effect of protecting, promoting and maintaining a healthy, diverse and mature canopy of native and naturalized hardwood and evergreen tree species. Trees preserve the ecological balance of the environment, control erosion, sedimentation and storm water runoff, provide shade, reduce heat and glare, reduce flooding, enhance property values and aesthetics, abate noise pollution, and buffer incompatible land uses. The intent of 133.00 through 133.10 is to protect the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Tarpon Springs by establishing minimum standards for the protection and preservation of trees, ensure the adequacy of tree numbers, preserve the canopy, encourage the planting of new trees, the protection of natural plant communities, and the installation and continued maintenance of landscaping within the City of Tarpon Springs.  Approved Tree List Tree Removal Permit

Trees in the Right of Way: 

Owners of private property are responsible for the maintenance of trees on private property and in the abutting rights of way (Section 133.02:  Applicability of Maintenance of Trees for all Properties within the City, Land Development Code). Right of Way Maintenance Tree Codes Land Development Code Section 133.02

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a protected tree? Any   tree   having   a   DBH   of   4   inches   or   greater   that   is   not   specifically   excluded   from   protection   including   all   mangroves,   Sabal   Palms, and Cabbage Palms. What is DBH? Diameter Breast Height (“DBH”) means the di- ameter, in inches, of a tree measured at 4.5 feet above the existing grade. Do I need a permit to remove a protected tree? Yes.   It   shall   be   unlawful   for   any   person,   without   first   obtaining   a   permit,   to   cut   down,   damage,   top,   poison,   replace,   replant,   or effectively re- move through excessive injury, or in any man- ner destroy or cause to be destroyed any pro- tected tree.   What trees are exempt from permitting? The   following   tree   species   may   be   removed   from   private   property   without   a   permit:   Acacia,   Australian   pine,   Avocado,   Brazilian pepper,   Cherry   Laurel,   Chinaberry,   Chinese   Tallow,   Citrus,   Ear,   Eucalyptus,   Ficus,   Italian   cypress,   Jacaranda,   Jerusalem   thorn, Loquat,   Mango,   Monkey   Puzzle,   Norfolk   Island   pine,   Orchid,   Palms   (except   Cab-   bage,   Sabal,   Palmetto,   &   Royal),   Poinciana,   Punk, Silk Oak, Toog and Woman’s Tongue. Do I need a permit to prune or trim a protected tree? No.   The   trimming   of   trees   as   normal   maintenance   is   exempt   from   permitting   provided   such   trimming   does   not   result   in   mutilation, death,   or   removal   of   the   tree.   Topping,   excessive   pruning   or   the   removal   of   more   than   one-third   (1/3)   of   the   tree’s      leaf   canopy   is prohibited without a permit. How much does a tree removal permit cost? The application fee varies from $25 to $100 based on the type of property. Do I have to replace trees being removed? Trees   removed   shall   be   replaced   as   follows:   One   DBH   inch   for   each   DBH   inch   removed   or   a   fee   in   lieu   thereof   shall   be   paid.   For example, if you remove an 8 inch protected tree then you must replant 8 inches of trees or pay the appropriate replacement fees. What are the replacement fees? The following fees shall apply unless the required replacement trees are planted on the site: 1. Individual single-family residential lots presently occupied by the owner: a. 4 inch to less than 10 inch DBH, $10.00 per inch removed. b. 10 inch to less than 20 inch DBH, $20.00 per inch removed. c. 20 inch to less than 30 inch DBH, $40.00 per inch removed. d. 30 inch and greater DBH, $50.00 per inch re- moved.   2. All other developments or properties: a. 4 inch to less than 8 inch DBH, $25.00 per inch removed. b. 8 inch to less than 15 inch DBH, $50.00 per inch removed. c. 15 inch to less than 25 inch DBH, $75.00 per inch removed. d. 25 inch and greater DBH, $100.00 per  inch removed. Can the replacement fees be waived? Yes, if one or more of the following conditions is found to exist: 1. The tree is diseased or injured to the point it will ultimately expire and no reasonable remedy exists; 2. The tree is in immediate danger of falling and no economically practicable remedy ex- ists; 3. The   tree   is   significantly   endangering   exist-   ing   structures   so   that   its   continued   presence   will   ultimately   cause   damage   and   no economically practicable remedy exists; 4. In   the   City’s   professional   opinion   the   tree   is   substantially   endangering   existing   pave-   ment   or   utility   services   in   a   manner   that threatens to damage property or life; 5. The tree creates unsafe visibility which pruning will not rectify; or 6. It is found by the City to be in the interest of the general public’s health, safety and welfare that the trees be removed. 7. The   tree   or   tree   cluster   is   less   than   19   inches   DBH,   is   located   within   the   primary   building   pad,   primary   foundation   line,   swim- ming   pool   and   swimming   pool   patio   pad,   or   that   portion   of   the   driveway   within   15   feet   of   the   garage   or   carport   entrance,   and   these structures cannot be relocated.

TREES AND CONSTRUCTION

Tree Protection During Construction (Ordinance 133.07) Development and redevelopment on parcels shall comply with the following tree protection requirements outlined in Section 133.07, LDC. Before development, land clearing, filling or any land alteration, a permit shall be required and suitable protective barriers shall be erected by the developer. The Protective barricades shall be placed around all Protected Trees, and all other protected vegetation including wetlands during site clearing to create a protective radius and shall remain in place until land alteration, site clearing and construction activities are complete. These protective structures shall remain until such time as they are authorized to be removed by the City Staff or until the issuance of a final Certificate of Occupancy. If any protected trees are removed from a site governed by this section those trees shall be replaced using the following minimum tree planting requirements outlined in Section 134.04, LDC: LOT SIZE TREE PLANTING (Gross Area in Sq. Feet) MINIMUM REQUIREMENT 0-6,000 2 6,001 - 10,000 4 10,001-15,000 6 OVER 15,000* 8* * (One for each 2,000 square feet, or portion thereof, in excess of 15,000 square feet.) Land Development Code Section 133.07 Tree Protection During Construction Approved Silt Fence and Tree Protection Detail New Construction Permit Checklist with Tree Impacts New Construction Permit Checklist with NO Tree Impacts No Tree Removal Verification Form Land Development Code Section 134.04 Minimum Tree Planting

RESOURCES:

Florida Property Law:  Trees and Land Owner Responsibility Trees for Pinellas Florida Friendly Landscaping Plant Finder Florida Native Plant Finder University of Florida Landscape Plants Homepage Trees and Hurricanes Mangrove Trimming
City of Tarpon Springs
Copyright © 2015 City of Tarpon Springs. All rights registered

Trees / Site Information

Contact Information: (727) 942-5606

Ext. 2265, 324 East Pine St, Fax (727)

943-4651

Arborists:

Shannon Brewer: sbrewer@ctsfl.us Greg Dobbins:  gdobbins@ctsfl.us

TREE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION:

UNDERSTANDING CITY ORDINANCE

133.00

The purpose of City’s Tree Protection and Preservation Ordinance 133.00 is to establish regulations that will have the effect of protecting, promoting and maintaining a healthy, diverse and mature canopy of native and naturalized hardwood and evergreen tree species. Trees preserve the ecological balance of the environment, control erosion, sedimentation and storm water runoff, provide shade, reduce heat and glare, reduce flooding, enhance property values and aesthetics, abate noise pollution, and buffer incompatible land uses. The intent of 133.00 through 133.10 is to protect the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Tarpon Springs by establishing minimum standards for the protection and preservation of trees, ensure the adequacy of tree numbers, preserve the canopy, encourage the planting of new trees, the protection of natural plant communities, and the installation and continued maintenance of landscaping within the City of Tarpon Springs.  Approved Tree List Tree Removal Permit

Trees in the Right of Way: 

Owners of private property are responsible for the maintenance of trees on private property and in the abutting rights of way (Section 133.02:  Applicability of Maintenance of Trees for all Properties within the City, Land Development Code). Right of Way Maintenance Tree Codes Land Development Code Section 133.02

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a protected tree? Any   tree   having   a   DBH   of   4   inches   or   greater   that   is not   specifically   excluded   from   protection   including all mangroves, Sabal Palms, and Cabbage Palms. What is DBH? Diameter    Breast    Height    (“DBH”)    means    the    di- ameter,   in   inches,   of   a   tree   measured   at   4.5   feet above the existing grade. Do I need a permit to remove a protected tree? Yes.   It   shall   be   unlawful   for   any   person,   without   first obtaining    a    permit,    to    cut    down,    damage,    top, poison,    replace,    replant,    or    effectively    re-    move through   excessive   injury,   or   in   any   man-   ner   destroy or cause to be destroyed any pro- tected tree.   What trees are exempt from permitting? The   following   tree   species   may   be   removed   from private      property      without      a      permit:     Acacia, Australian   pine,   Avocado,   Brazilian   pepper,   Cherry Laurel,    Chinaberry,    Chinese    Tallow,    Citrus,    Ear, Eucalyptus,     Ficus,     Italian     cypress,     Jacaranda, Jerusalem    thorn,    Loquat,    Mango,    Monkey    Puzzle, Norfolk    Island    pine,    Orchid,    Palms    (except    Cab- bage,   Sabal,   Palmetto,   &   Royal),   Poinciana,   Punk, Silk Oak, Toog and Woman’s Tongue. Do   I   need   a   permit   to   prune   or   trim   a   protected tree? No.   The   trimming   of   trees   as   normal   maintenance   is exempt    from    permitting    provided    such    trimming does   not   result   in   mutilation,   death,   or   removal   of the   tree.   Topping,   excessive   pruning   or   the   removal of    more    than    one-third    (1/3)    of    the    tree’s        leaf canopy is prohibited without a permit. How much does a tree removal permit cost? The   application   fee   varies   from   $25   to   $100   based on the type of property. Do I have to replace trees being removed? Trees   removed   shall   be   replaced   as   follows:   One   DBH inch   for   each   DBH   inch   removed   or   a   fee   in   lieu thereof   shall   be   paid.   For   example,   if   you   remove   an 8   inch   protected   tree   then   you   must   replant   8   inches of trees or pay the appropriate replacement fees. What are the replacement fees? The   following   fees   shall   apply   unless   the   required replacement trees are planted on the site: 1. Individual       single-family       residential       lots presently occupied by the owner: a. 4   inch   to   less   than   10   inch   DBH,   $10.00   per inch removed. b. 10   inch   to   less   than   20   inch   DBH,   $20.00 per inch removed. c. 20   inch   to   less   than   30   inch   DBH,   $40.00 per inch removed. d. 30   inch   and   greater   DBH,   $50.00   per   inch re- moved.   2. All other developments or properties: a. 4   inch   to   less   than   8   inch   DBH,   $25.00   per inch removed. b. 8   inch   to   less   than   15   inch   DBH,   $50.00   per inch removed. c. 15   inch   to   less   than   25   inch   DBH,   $75.00 per inch removed. d. 25   inch   and   greater   DBH,   $100.00   per      inch removed. Can the replacement fees be waived? Yes,   if   one   or   more   of   the   following   conditions   is found to exist: 1. The   tree   is   diseased   or   injured   to   the   point   it will    ultimately    expire    and    no    reasonable    remedy exists; 2. The   tree   is   in   immediate   danger   of   falling   and no economically practicable remedy ex- ists; 3. The   tree   is   significantly   endangering   exist-   ing structures    so    that    its    continued    presence    will ultimately     cause     damage     and     no     economically practicable remedy exists; 4. In    the    City’s    professional    opinion    the    tree    is substantially    endangering    existing    pave-    ment    or utility    services    in    a    manner    that    threatens    to damage property or life; 5. The   tree   creates   unsafe   visibility   which   pruning will not rectify; or 6. It   is   found   by   the   City   to   be   in   the   interest   of the   general   public’s   health,   safety   and   welfare   that the trees be removed. 7. The   tree   or   tree   cluster   is   less   than   19   inches DBH,    is    located    within    the    primary    building    pad, primary    foundation    line,    swim-    ming    pool    and swimming   pool   patio   pad,   or   that   portion   of   the driveway   within   15   feet   of   the   garage   or   carport entrance, and these structures cannot be relocated.

TREES AND CONSTRUCTION

Tree Protection During Construction (Ordinance 133.07) Development and redevelopment on parcels shall comply with the following tree protection requirements outlined in Section 133.07, LDC. Before development, land clearing, filling or any land alteration, a permit shall be required and suitable protective barriers shall be erected by the developer. The Protective barricades shall be placed around all Protected Trees, and all other protected vegetation including wetlands during site clearing to create a protective radius and shall remain in place until land alteration, site clearing and construction activities are complete. These protective structures shall remain until such time as they are authorized to be removed by the City Staff or until the issuance of a final Certificate of Occupancy. If any protected trees are removed from a site governed by this section those trees shall be replaced using the following minimum tree planting requirements outlined in Section 134.04, LDC: LOT SIZE TREE PLANTING (Gross Area in Sq. Feet) MINIMUM REQUIREMENT 0-6,000 2 6,001 - 10,000 4 10,001-15,000 6 OVER 15,000* 8* * (One for each 2,000 square feet, or portion thereof, in excess of 15,000 square feet.) Land Development Code Section 133.07 Tree Protection During Construction Approved Silt Fence and Tree Protection Detail New Construction Permit Checklist with Tree Impacts New Construction Permit Checklist with NO Tree Impacts No Tree Removal Verification Form Land Development Code Section 134.04 Minimum Tree Planting

RESOURCES:

Florida    Property    Law:        Trees    and    Land    Owner Responsibility Trees for Pinellas Florida Friendly Landscaping Plant Finder Florida Native Plant Finder University of Florida Landscape Plants Homepage Trees and Hurricanes Mangrove Trimming
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