What factors will be considered during the application approval process?

A tree removal/pruning application will be approved, and a permit issued if the tree is: 
• Dead or diseased, 
• Hazardous to the safety of persons or property and the risk cannot be mitigated using current tree care, ANSI (American National Standard Institute) standards, 
• An invasive species (identified on the Maryland Invasive Species Council; current list. 
• Objectively determined to adversely impact the property because of its location, condition or effect on other structures or trees, 
• Located near houses or utilities where it can cause structural damage, 
• Located in a place that would make it difficult for a property owner to expand the footprint of the house in conjunction with an approved building permit from the County and City, 
• A Heritage tree, measuring 80 inches in circumference or greater at 4.5 feet above ground level, that is healthy and non-hazardous, unless its location would actually prevent expansion of the footprint of the house in conjuction with a building permit that can otherwise be approved by the County and the City.

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1. Why is the City requiring a tree permit to remove trees on my property?
2. Where can I find a copy of the ordinance?
3. When did the tree ordinance go into effect?
4. What actions require a tree permit?
5. How do I apply for a tree permit?
6. Is there an application fee to obtain a permit?
7. When should I expect to receive a response from the City?
8. What factors will be considered during the application approval process?
9. How long is an approved permit valid?
10. What if my application for a permit is denied?
11. If my application is again denied after the second assessment, can the denial be appealed?
12. If a tree is causing imminent danger, can I have the tree removed or pruned without first getting a permit?
13. Do I need to replace trees removed whose circumference is more than 36 inches?
14. Why are replacement trees necessary?
15. Why are two replacement trees necessary when removing trees larger than 48 inches circumference?
16. Is funding available for replacement trees in conjunction with an approved tree removal permit?
17. When will tree replacement reimbursement requests be processed?
18. How do I obtain a replacement tree?
19. What is a Heritage Tree?
20. Do I need a permit to remove a tree under 36 inches in circumference measured at 4 feet above ground level?
21. What happens if a tree more 36 inches in circumference is removed without a permit, or if more than 20% of the tree is pruned, or if an approved and permitted tree is removed but not replaced?
22. Who would be fined if there is a violation?
23. I still have questions--who should I contact?
24. I’m not planning on removing any trees, but am interested in helping increase the tree canopy. What tree planting programs does the City offer?