Requests & Applications

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Tree Removal Permit Application

  1. Overview

    The Town requires a resident to obtain a permit to remove any tree measuring 24 inches in circumference at 4.5 feet above the ground. Once an application is received, the Town will post notice of the application on the property, and the arborist will inspect each tree requested to be removed. If the arborist determines that the tree is not a canopy tree, as listed on the attached page, the Town will issue a removal permit without conditions. If the tree is a canopy tree, the arborist determines whether the tree is dying, dead, in danger of falling, or a hazard to the safety of persons or property. If the arborist finds one of these conditions to exist, a removal permit will be issued without conditions. If the arborist does not find one of these conditions to exist, the Town Manager will consult with the applicant and will review all available information to determine whether the tree meets the standards for removal. If the Town Manager issues a removal permit for a tree that the Town arborist does not find meets a standard for removal, the applicant will be required to plant a replacement tree for each tree removed or pay an impact fee of $750 per tree. Most trees approved for removal have a seven day posting requirement before the tree can be removed. If the Town Manager denies a removal permit, the property owner may appeal that decision to the Town Council.

  2. Arborist Consultation*

    I would like an in-person consultation with the arborist prior to the Town’s formal review of the request.

  3. Condition Statement*

    I believe that the tree(s) is/are dead, dying, in danger of falling, or hazardous to the safety of persons or property. Additional information can be provided below, or attached.

  4. Affidavit*

  5. Electronic Signature Agreement*

    • My application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document.
    • By signing in this alternate manner, I authorize my electronic signature to be valid and binding upon me to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature.
    • I may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.

  6. Trees Defined As Canopy Trees

    A canopy tree is defined as a tree with a trunk that measures at least twenty-four (24) inches in circumference at four and one-half (4½) feet above ground and of one of the following species: Green Ash; White Ash; American Beech; English Elm; European Beech; Bald Cypress; American Elm; Franklinia; Ginkgo; Hackberry; Bitternut Hickory; Mockernut Hickory; Pignut Hickory; Shagbark Hickory; American Holly; Honeylocust; Katsura; American Linden; Southern Magnolia; Virginia Magnolia; Black Maple; Red Maple; Sugar Maple; London Planetree; Black Oak; Blackjack Oak; Chestnut Oak; Overcup Oak; Persimmon; Pin Oak; Post Oak; Northern Red Oak; Sawtooth Oak; Southern Red Oak; Scarlet Oak; Shingle Oak; White Oak; Swamp White Oak; Willow Oak; Tulip Poplar; American Sycamore; Sweetgum; Blackgum (Tupelo); Black Walnut; and Yellowwood.

  7. Tree Removal Appeals Information (for Denied Permits Only)

    An applicant who is denied a permit by the Town Manager may appeal the decision by filing a written appeal to the Town Council within 30 days of the Town Manager’s denial of the permit application. Upon receipt of an appeal, at least 15 days prior to the hearing, the Town Manager will issue a notice of public hearing to all adjacent and confronting properties and post a Notice of Public Hearing sign on the property. At the hearing, the Town Council may affirm the denial of a permit, may direct the Town Manager to issue a permit, or may direct the Town Manager to issue a permit upon such conditions, terms, or restrictions as the Council may deem necessary to accomplish the intent and purposes of Chapter 29 of the Town Code.

    Factors to be Considered
    The Town Council shall consider the following factors in deciding whether to approve or deny a request for a Tree Removal Permit for a tree that does not qualify for removal under Chapter 29-6 of the Town Code.

    • The reasons cited by the applicant for wanting to remove the tree.
    • The applicant’s intention to plant replacement trees, with consideration of the number, size and desirability of species, and with a minimum goal of replacing the tree to be removed.
    • The applicant’s intention to retain and protect existing trees.
    • The facts in support or opposition presented by town residents.
    • Information provided by the Town Arborist.
    • The extent to which no alternative to tree removal exists that would allow the proposed development, construction, or land use otherwise permitted under the Town Building Code.
    • The desirability of preserving a tree by reason of its age, size or outstanding qualities, including uniqueness, rarity or species.
    • The overall effect on the tree canopy of the adjacent properties, the neighborhood and the Town.
    • The aggregate or cumulative effect of the proposed canopy tree removal(s), including any and all canopy tree removals from the property within the prior two-year period.
    Within 30 days of the date of the issuance of a decision of the Council, any aggrieved party may seek judicial review of the decision by filing a petition for judicial review in accordance with Title 7, Chapter 200, Judicial Review of Administrative Agency Decisions, of the Maryland Rules of Procedure.

  8. Submittal Requirements for Appeal

    • A copy of the denied Tree Permit Application
    • A statement explaining why the proposed action is reasonable and necessary and consistent with the purposes of the Tree Ordinance. Each of the applicable factors above should be addressed, as applicable.
    • A statement that indicates whether the applicant intends to perform reforestation after tree removal is completed, and a diagram showing the number, size, species, and location of the proposed replacement tree or trees.
    • Any other information that may be useful in evaluating the tree removal request. This may include information from an independent arborist further documenting the relative health of the tree.

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