Tree Removal & Care

ALPHARETTA TREE REMOVAL REQUIREMENTS

 

A tree removal permit is required for most types of tree removals within the City of Alpharetta. Please select the icon below for more information on your specific type of request or to learn more about tree care.

Residential
Commercial
Emergency / Storm
Tree Care




Please contact the City Arborist at 678-297-6229 or treepermits@alpharetta.ga.us with any questions regarding tree removal or care that may not be answered below or elsewhere on this website. 

Commonly Asked Questions


Question : What if I do not have access to email or need assistance with an application?

Answer: There is a public use computer in the lobby of the Community Development Department that can be used to apply for permits. City personnel will also be available for assistance. Please make sure to bring all required information with you. 

Question: What if my project involves more than tree removal, such as construction of a pool, addition to my house, retaining walls, etc.?

Answer: You may be required to obtain a residential land disturbance permit and not a tree removal permit. Please follow this link for those requirements or contact the City Stormwater Reviewer at (678)297-6218. https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/docs/default-source/planning-zoning/residential-individual-lot-site-plan-requirements.pdf?sfvrsn=9bdef5ab_14 

Question: What do I do if I want my trees assessed by an Arborist?

Answer.
Please contact a local consulting Arborist by following this link. http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/community-forests/management/professional-assistance/Search-Arborist-Prompt.cfm.

Question: What if I want to remove a tree next to a creek, stream, or lake?

Answer: Trees and vegetation along water bodies are protected and are handled on a case by case basis. Please contact the City Arborist with specific questions or follow this link for more information. https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/docs/default-source/planning-zoning/stream-buffer-encroachment-guidlines.pdf?sfvrsn=83e2ceab_6 

Question: What is a Specimen Tree?

Answer: 
Any tree which qualifies for special consideration for preservation due to its size, type, condition, location or historical significance and which also meets the minimum size criteria listed below. If an application is submitted for a specimen size tree an assessment of the tree by a private ISA Certified Arborist must be included with the application. 

NOTE: SPECIMEN TREES ARE GIVEN SPECIAL PROTECTION BY LAW AND THEIR REMOVAL WITHOUT A PERMIT MAY INCUR ADDITIONAL FINES AND PENALTIES.

Specimen Tree Size Criteria


Pine Trees: 30-inch diameter or larger for trees in the Pinus (Pine) genus. 

Coniferous Trees: 20” diameter or larger for trees in the cedrus (deodar cedar), Thuja (Arborvitae), or other ecologically similar trees, 
Overstory Trees: 30-inch diameter or larger for trees in the Liquidambar (Sweetgum) or Liriodendron (Tulip poplar) genus

20-inch diameter or larger for trees in the Fagus (Beech), Nyssa (Tupelo), Diospyros (Persimmon), Sassafras (Sassafras), or other ecologically similar trees,

20-inch diameter or larger for Magnolia grandiflora (Southern magnolia) and those cultivars that generally reach a mature height over 40’

24-inch (24″) diameter or larger for trees in all other genera 

Understory Trees: 8-inch (8″) diameter or larger.

10-inch (10”) diameter or larger for Oxydendron arboretum (Sourwood).