Tree Removal

The City of Alpharetta has switched to an online tree removal permit application process. Please follow the links below for instructions and to get to the online portal. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.


Online Tree Removal Application Instructions


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 Arborist with any questions regarding tree removal that may not be answered below at 678-297-6229 or 
treepermits@alpharetta.ga.us.

Online Tree Removal Permit Application 


NOTE: SPECIMEN TREES ARE GIVEN SPECIAL PROTECTION 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 (dbh) and greater

Overstory trees: 24” in diameter (dbh) and greater

Pine trees: 30” in diameter (dbh) and greater

Diameter is measured at 4 ½ feet above the ground and is called diameter at breast height (dbh)


STORM-DAMAGED TREE REMOVAL REQUIREMENTS

In the event a severe storm 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 the damaged trees and email, 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 or 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 submitted 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 tree removal must occur during non-business hours, provide the City Arborist with a voice message, fax or email as soon as possible. Take pictures documenting the removal and submit a completed application along with any supporting documentation by the next business day.


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.


Online Tree Removal Permit Application

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 overstory trees, 12 understory trees, or a combination of overstory and understory trees equal to the requirement spread over entire lot area.

Online Tree Removal Permit Application


Single Family Residential Tree Density Worksheets