Tree Removal

tree_smallThe City of Eustis’ Tree Protection and Preservation Ordinance (Ordinance #92-01) was adopted on February 6, 1992 and has been updated periodically since then.  Click HERE for current regulations.  The ordinance applies to all property located in the City and is intended to appropriately control the removal and preservation of protected trees. The ordinance requires that a Tree Removal Permit be obtained BEFORE the removal of any protected trees. 

permit application  and tree inventory must be submitted at the time of preliminary site plan or subdivision approval.  Permit applications/ tree inventory for single-family units are submitted with the building permit application.  Applications are available free of charge from the Development Services Department and the Building Department.

Conditions Requiring Permit:  Conditions That Are Exempt: 
  • Street opening
  • Access to property
  • Use of property
  • Hazard
  • Utilities and drainage 
  • Thinning of trees
  • Poor tree health
  • Tree removal
  • Agricultural use
  • Tree farm / plant nursery
  • Emergency conditions
  • Dead / diseased / fallen trees
  • Noxious / exotic species 
  • Endangering public/private property
  • Within approved utility easements
  • Public utilities
  • Always confirm exemption with the Building Department prior to removal.

When Protected Trees are removed without a permit, replacement at twice the DBH of the removed trees is required. The replacement trees shall be from the Approved Tree List, at least two and a half (2 ½) inches DBH and ten (10) feet tall at time of planting or equivalent payment.

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For more information about tree removal in Eustis, please contact the Building Department at (352) 483-5462.