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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

House Bill 1159: Local Government Regulation and Residential Property

House Bill 1159 was approved by the Governor and those provisions took effect July 1, 2019. CS/HB 1159 prohibits a local government from requiring a notice, application, approval, permit, fee, or mitigation for the pruning, trimming, or removal of a tree on residential property if the tree presents a danger to persons or property, as documented by a certified arborist or licensed landscape architect. A local government may not require a property owner to replant a tree that has been pruned, trimmed, or removed in accordance with the bill provisions. The bill does not apply to mangrove trees, which the trimming and alteration of is regulated statewide by the Department of Environmental Protection. The city will continue to assist our residents by having by an ISA Certified Arborist on staff conducting the required inspection for hazardous trees as well as trees which do not meet the criteria outlined as above. A record of the inspection and a report will be generated and kept on file within the Building Department. Fee for residents is currently $25.00. Identified non-hazardous trees located on residential property and all trees located on commercial will continue to follow existing ordinances 133.00-133.09, LDC To see the full summary of the bill and Section 163.045: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/1159 Mangrove Protection information: http://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/watershed/mangroves.htm

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 © 2019 City of Tarpon Springs. Accessibility

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

House Bill 1159: Local Government

Regulation and Residential Property

House Bill 1159 was approved by the Governor and those provisions took effect July 1, 2019. CS/HB 1159 prohibits a local government from requiring a notice, application, approval, permit, fee, or mitigation for the pruning, trimming, or removal of a tree on residential property if the tree presents a danger to persons or property, as documented by a certified arborist or licensed landscape architect. A local government may not require a property owner to replant a tree that has been pruned, trimmed, or removed in accordance with the bill provisions. The bill does not apply to mangrove trees, which the trimming and alteration of is regulated statewide by the Department of Environmental Protection. The city will continue to assist our residents by having by an ISA Certified Arborist on staff conducting the required inspection for hazardous trees as well as trees which do not meet the criteria outlined as above. A record of the inspection and a report will be generated and kept on file within the Building Department. Fee for residents is currently $25.00. Identified non-hazardous trees located on residential property and all trees located on commercial will continue to follow existing ordinances 133.00-133.09, LDC To see the full summary of the bill and Section 163.045: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/1159 Mangrove Protection information: http://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/waters hed/mangroves.htm

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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