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How to Request a Tree Removal Permit in Miami-Dade County

October 24, 2013

Tree Trimming and Removal Miami

Thinking of removing a tree in Miami-Dade County? Before you start chopping away, make sure to request a tree permit from the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources Department.

Not all trees need a permit to be removed. For example, any tree considered to be a nuisance according to the county like the Australian Pine, Brazilian Pepper, and Seaside Mahoe are exempt from permitting. There are also other instances when you do not need to request a tree removal permit in Miami-Dade. See this guide for more info on exceptions.

But for the most part, we do have to request permits to remove a tree in Miami-Dade. Why? Because sadly the tree canopy in Miami-Dade is below the national average when it comes to metropolitan cities due to all the trees we lose during hurricanes and other storms, plus diseases. For this reason, when removing an unexcused tree, the city ask that we replant a tree or donate to the Tree Trust Fund. Submitting and closing a tree removal permit in Miami-Dade County can be a bit time consuming, but making sure that our trees are removed properly and accounted for is really in the best interest of the community.

So how to do you even start the process? Different municipalities (think Coral Gables, Miami Lakes, Pinecrest) have different processes, but if your property falls within Miami-Dade’s jurisdiction, here’s what the county’s site list as the process to submit a tree removal permit:

• Submit a completed Tree Removal/Relocation Permit Application Form , along with the application and the initial inspection fee, in person, by mail or by fax. Both the application and the initial inspection fee must be received in order to process the application.

• The mailing address and fax information is:
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Regulatory and Economic Resources Department
MIAMI FL 33136
Fax: 305-372-6479

• The property owner or authorized representative will be informed if the permit has been approved or denied, usually by certified mail, email or otherwise requested.

• The processing time for a tree removal/relocation permit (i.e. from application acceptance to the permit being drafted and ready for issuance) is approximately 30 days.

• For properties that are not in violation of the tree ordinance:
When a tree removal/relocation permit application is submitted and additional information is required in order to continue processing the permit, an official correspondence will be sent to the owner or authorized representative identifying the deficiencies.

• If the Tree Permitting Program has not been contacted regarding the requested information, or if the requested information has not been received within 120 days from the date of the official correspondence, the application will be denied.

• According to Section 24-49.7(3) of the Miami-Dade County Code, all tree permit applications that remain incomplete for a period of 120 days shall be denied. A new tree removal permit application shall be required for all work previously proposed under a permit application that has been denied.
• In certain cases, such as when applying to remove or relocate 10 or more trees, a site plan/tree survey is required.

For more information on requesting a tree removal permit in Miami-Dade County, please visit here.

Feeling overwhelmed? B&G Property Maintenance will gladly take care of opening and closing tree permits for you in any Miami municipality. Please call us for a free estimate at 305-370-8176.

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