The following is an explanation of the tree removal permit requirement (only):
The tree removal permit requirement is based on Unified Land Development Code Chapter 45 Section 5,6, and 7, that states it shall be a violation for any person or persons to remove or cause any tree or trees to be removed from any property within the City without first obtaining a Tree Removal Permit.
This permit pertains to the removal of a tree after the certificate of occupancy has been issued for those properties have met the minimum 35% canopy coverage to be able to clear the land for development.
The 35% is based on the square footage of the property. For example, if your property is 10,000 square feet then 35% = 3,500. Each tree is associated a certain amount of coverage. The Priority Tree List is located in Chapter 45-19 in the U.L.D.C. which will indicate the coverage association with each tree species.
Should you choose to remove a tree, approval is based on your ability to maintain, or replace the 35% canopy coverage with additional plantings. A tree removal permit application must be filled out with a site plan indicating all the trees present on the property and what the intentions for each tree would be.
Anytime during the construction process if any protected species is found, STOP All work and contact the Building Department 941-429-7044 or firstname.lastname@example.org.