Tree Removal

Overview
Please read the following guidelines that control the pruning and removal of trees on residential and commercial properties in Temple Terrace. These rules are necessary to keep our City safe and attractive for all residents. If you have any questions, contact the Code Enforcement Department at the number and email address at the bottom of this page.

Violation
City ordinances require permits to prune large limbs and to remove protected and grand trees.

Corrective Action
Request an inspection prior to tree work to determine whether permits are required.

City Code Definitions
Grand tree - any tree listed in Table 1 (Approved Tree List) with a diameter of twenty-four (24) inches or greater at D.B.H. (a standard for the measurement of the trunk diameter of a tree at breast height or fifty four inches).

Protected Tree - any tree of a protected tree type that has a DBH of more than ten (10) inches and located on residential land, or more than five (5) inches and located on non-residential land, and which is not otherwise exempted from this Code. For the purpose of this Code, all palms with at least four and one-half (4-1/2) feet of clear trunk between the ground level and the lowest branch are declared to be protected trees.

Remove - to relocate, cut down, damage, poison, or in any other manner destroy, or cause to be destroyed, a tree.

City Code References
Section 25.735.4 Regulations and Standards: Tree Removal

(a) The following regulations shall apply to all land within the City and shall be cumulative to any other regulation provided for in Section 25.735.

(1) Permit required. No protected tree shall be removed without first obtaining a permit from the City.

(2) Grand tree. No grand tree or cluster of trees of any species listed in Table 1 of this Section shall be removed without a permit from the City. A permit shall only be issued upon a finding of the following:

a. The removal is to the benefit of the public health, safety and welfare, or the existence of the tree presents a clear and present danger. Under these conditions, when removal is authorized, no replacement trees are required.

b. The presence of the grand tree or cluster of trees prohibits the property owner from the beneficial use of his property. Under these conditions, when removal is authorized, one replacement shade tree (5-inch D.B.H.) is required (see Table 1 of this Section).

(Ord. No. 856, 12-21-93; Ord. No. 1044, 5-15-01)

Section 25.735.8 Tree Trimming/Nuisance Trees
(a) All tree trimming shall be in accordance with standard pruning practices as set forth in “Pruning Standards for Shade Trees,” National Arborist Association, 1979. Said standards as they are now written, or may be amended, are incorporated herein by reference.

(b) No “grand tree” or any “protected tree” shall have branches trimmed without a permit when said branches to be trimmed measure ten (10) inches in diameter or greater.

(c) Nuisance trees. The elimination and removal of nuisance trees listed in Table 3 of this Section is encouraged.

For more information call (813) 506-6680 or e-mail scottrell@templeterrace.com.