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ARBORIST DIVISION OVERVIEW
The Arborist Division is charged with protecting the City’s tree canopy on private property throughout the City of Atlanta. Protecting and permitting the removal of trees can be done either under a building permit or through an application to remove a dead, dying, diseased, or hazardous tree.
The Division conducts building plan reviews related to trees, verifies trees to be removed and posts properties prior to tree removal under building permits (this allows the public to appeal decisions). The Arborist Division also inspects dead, dying, diseased and hazardous trees, investigates illegal tree destruction or removal, presents tree related cases to the Tree Conservation Commission, and inspects properties before Final Certificate of Occupancy (CO) certificates are issued.
PERMITSSearching for an existing Permit: Click here Need to apply for a permit to remove a dead, dying, or hazardous tree?
ARBORIST DIVISION SIGN POSTING LIST: To view list, click here
ATLANTA TREE STUDIES AND RESEARCH: Click here for details
FORMS, CHECKLISTS, & TREE PROTECTION AND PLANTING DETAILS
- For a complete list of Arborist forms and checklists: Click here
TREE PROTECTION ORDINANCE / URBAN ECOLOGY FRAMEWORK
Through the Urban Ecology Framework (UEF), the City of Atlanta and the UEF project team will be updating the current Tree Protection Ordinance. Click here to learn more about the process and how to get involved.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- How can I appeal a Decision Made by a City Official Regarding the Removal of Trees?
Valid appeals must provide evidence based on the City of Atlanta's Tree Ordinance that a city administrative official misinterpreted or misapplied the ordinance or facts material to an issued decision. For information on how to file a tree appeal, see the Tree Conservation Commission or call 404-330-6235.
- How can I report a problem or complaint regarding trees?
To report a problem or complaint regarding trees (illegal activity or destruction, dying trees on private property, improper construction fencing, etc.), please email email@example.com or call (404) 330-6874. A record will be created in Accela Citizens Access (ACA) for tracking purposes. You can check status by logging into ACA or by calling the Arborist Division.
TREES NOT LOCATED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
- The Office of Parks in the Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for trees located in city parks, public space, and right-of-ways (street trees). They can be reached at (404) 546-6813.
Download and view a free copy of the City of Atlanta Tree Ordinance.
The current state of our City's urban tree canopy.
Click here to view the Arborist quarterly reports on tree removals and replacements in the City of Atlanta.