Have you ever wondered if you need permission to trim a tree on your property? Maybe you’ve received a notice about your trees being overgrown and want to know what you can do. Are there county cut-off regulations that require homeowners get permission before trimming their trees? If so, then who do I ask? The city? Local county government?
Not everyone is aware of the laws, rules, and regulations regarding cutting down, trimming, or removing trees without getting approval from the appropriate party are typically governed by the local county government. Read on as we discuss the new bill set in place to protect Florida residents from fines if they wish to remove, prune or trim their trees.
HB 1159 Bill
In 2019 the HB 1159 bill was passed in the state of Florida. This bill allows private property owners to trim, remove or prune their trees without a permit or application fee from the local government. This was a significant step for Florida residents. With hurricane season wreaking havoc on properties across the state from June 1st – November 30th, residents can now take safety precautions into their own hands with the help of a certified arborist. Here are a few snapshots from the bill such as:
- The local government will not require the property owner to replant the tree which was pruned, trimmed, or removed
- Property owners adjacent to an electrical utility right of way can ask for vegetation maintenance without local government approval
- The local government is prohibited from requiring notice, an application fee, or mitigation for pruning, trimming, or tree removal on the residential property so long that the resident receives documentation from a certified arborist that the tree is a danger.
Of course, there are always other situations to consider when discussing trimming, pruning, or removing a tree on the property. For example, what if your neighbor’s tree branches fall over your property line? In the state of Florida, you are legally allowed to trim the branches which extend past the property line, no further. What if you live in an HOA? An HOA also known as a homeowner’s association might have strict rules and regulations when it comes to trimming, pruning or removing trees on your property. If you are unsure of these rules it’s best to contact your HOA directly to prevent any penalties or fines.
Regardless of the situation, it’s always essential to get a certified arborist to assess your trees to prevent unnecessary stress and problems, whether you need permission to trim a tree or not. Here at SB Tree Service, our tree experts are certified to assess your trees and help you create an efficient plan in place to protect you, your property, and the environment. Hurricane season is well on its way, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to trim or remove your trees. So give us a call today and see how we can help keep your family safe this season!