A tree removal permit is required before any protected tree can be removed on the unincorporated portion of Amelia Island. To receive a permit, please submit a tree removal application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed by the County Arborist within two (2) weeks of submittal. You may be asked to resubmit if all of the necessary information was not included in the original application. Applications may be approved or denied. Approvals will only be issued in instances of just cause such as hazardous trees or for new development. All alternative mitigation options (pruning, cabling, relocating targets, etc.) should be explored before requesting a tree removal permit. Aesthetic concerns are not a valid reason for tree removal and will not be considered when reviewing applications. Existing native trees important to Amelia Island's tree canopy are protected and maintained to the fullest extent possible
If a tree on residential property presents a danger to persons or property, as determined in documentation (Tree Risk Assessment Report) by an ISA certified arborist, a tree removal application is not required. Please submit a copy of the tree risk assessment report to email@example.com for our records. This exception does not include specimen or canopy road trees. Click here for example report.
Pruning and minor maintenance does not require a permit but must be performed to industry tree health standards (ISA/ANSI A300).
Applications and Forms
Click on the links or icons below to access a Tree Removal Application.
A protected tree is any existing healthy tree measuring five (5) inches in diameter at breast height (DBH) or greater, and not identified on the most recent Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant list (Category I or II).
Specimen trees are any existing healthy live oak measuring forty (40) inches or more in diameter at breast height, or a multi-trunk live oak with an aggregate measurement of sixty (60) inches or more in diameter at breast height.
Canopy Road Tree
A canopy road tree is any existing healthy tree measuring five (5) inches in diameter at breast height (DBH) or greater, within the right-of-way adjacent to a designated canopy/scenic road as established by the Board of County Commissioners, and not identified on the most recent Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant list (Category I or II). See canopy road section for a list of designated canopy roads.