The removal of larger trees is a greater loss to the tree canopy, and so more replacement trees are needed to replace the greater tree canopy loss. to fill that void. What are the requirements for replacement trees in conjunction with an approved tree removal permit? All replacement tree species shall be approved in writing by the Department of Public Works prior to planting. Replacement trees must meet the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP) tree size guidelines, regardless if reimbursement from the program is requested. Replacement tree(s) must be planted within 12 months from the date tree removal is complete.
If a is tree is 36 inches – 47 inches in circumference and approved for removal – one (1) replacement tree must be planted, or a $250 contribution/fee must be made to the Urban Tree Protection Fund.
Tree(s) over 48 inches in circumference approved for removal require two (2) replacement trees to be planted, or a $500 contribution/fee must be made to the Urban Tree Protection Fund.
Replacement trees should be planted on the same property where they were removed, whenever practicable.
Property owners who can demonstrate financial hardship may request a waiver of the contribution/fee to the Urban Tree Protection Fund by writing to the Department of Public Works.