Tree Removal and Permit Requests
- Any tree with a Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) of eight (8) inches or more, regardless of location or condition. This includes storm-damaged trees that have not fallen, dead trees that have not fallen and healthy trees.
- Any tree with a diameter of three (3) inches or more located in a wetland, watercourse buffer or on a steep slope. This includes storm-damaged trees that have not fallen, dead trees that have not fallen and healthy trees.
- Trees of any size that have been preserved or planted as a requirement of Site Development Plan approval or as part of a Restoration or Replanting Agreement.
Trees planted in the Village easement (by the sidewalk or near the street) belong to the Village and you cannot obtain a Permit to remove them. You may not prune these trees without permission from the Village. If you have a question about a Village-owned tree that you think needs to be evaluated, pruned or removed, please contact the Department of Public Works or the Village Administrator.
- A tree that is not protected (i.e. less than 8” DBH or less than 3” DBH in a wetland, watercourse buffer or on a steep slope)
- A downed tree or a tree that has fallen but is leaning on a structure or another tree.
- A tree that is being removed as part of an approved Site Development Plan.
The second exception is for an application to remove a healthy tree. Although you still need a permit to remove a healthy tree, you should submit your application with a clear statement that the trees are basically healthy and why you want to remove them. When healthy trees are removed, replanting will usually be required to restore, at least in part, the ecosystem services that are being removed. In such cases, a replanting plan must be agreed to in writing before a permit will be issued.
How Do I Find a Certified Arborist?
Trees Are Good – Tree Care Information www.treesaregood.com
Arbor Day Foundation http://www.arborday.org
Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell Univ. http://www.hort.cornell.edu/uhi
International Society for Arboriculture http://www.isa-arbor.com
Cornell Cooperative Extension http://www.cce.cornell.edu
Penn State Cooperative Extension www.extension.psu.edu/Hort.html
I Want to Plant Some Trees – Which Species Should I Choose?
Village Code, Chapter 202: Tree Preservation