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 our 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.
How does the Arborist Division meet its objectives? Click here for details
What actions are taken by the Arborist Division? Click here for details
To download pdf version of the application click here and select "Tree removal permit Application", under the "Forms" section.
Application can be mailed, faxed, or emailed (This information can be found on the application)
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
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's website at www.atlantatreecommission.com or call 404-330-6235.
TREES NOT LOCATED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
The Office of Parks in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is responsible for trees located in city parks, public space and right-of-ways (street trees).
The Parks Department can be reached at (404) 546-6813