The City of Orlando has a tree maintenance program to maintain the right-of-way trees within the city limits. The City trims right-of-way trees and the portion of private trees that interfere with the use of the right-of-way. The City will clear street lights to allow for the street to be lit below the light.
The City of Orlando offers citizens free tree inspections by an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist. If you are concerned about the condition of a tree in the right-of-way or on your private property, you can request an inspection from the City.
To request trimming or an inspection of a tree on City property
Online: Complete our online request form.
What the City Does Not Trim
Property owners are responsible for maintaining trees on private property and any portion of City trees that are over hanging their private property even when the tree is rooted on City property.
The Urban Forestry Program does not maintain Crape Myrtles, shrubs or bushes. These are all easily maintained by the property owner with simple hand pruners and do not require specialized equipment.
The City does not maintain clearance around power lines, communication lines or cable TV lines. These are the responsibility of the respective utility company.
For clearance around power lines, please call OUC at 407.243.9018.
Do I need a permit to remove a tree?
Removal of trees from private property requires a permit if the tree is larger than four inches diameter at chest height. The tree code inspector will inspect the tree(s) and a permit will be issued if the removal is warranted. There is a permit fee of $25/acre for private property (residential) tree removals and $50/acre for commercial removals. The property owner is responsible for the removal of trees on private property.
For tree removal permits on private property, call 407.246.4047.
Do I live in the City limits? Check our Orlando Information Locator using your address. (although your mailing address may say “Orlando, FL”, certain areas of the region are under Orange County jurisdiction).
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