Private property trees between 44” and 99.9” in circumference are considered Special Trees. Trees that are greater than 100” in circumference are considered Heritage Trees.
The removal of Special Trees requires a Special Tree Removal Permit. Heritage trees in healthy condition cannot be removed.
You must apply for a Special Tree Removal Permit Application through the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS) to proceed with the removal of a Special Tree. Please follow the instruction for How to Obtain a Special Tree Permit.
It is at the discretion of the contractor or homeowner to file a public space permit. Public Space is defined as all the publicly owned property between the property lines on a street and includes, but is not limited to, the roadway, tree spaces, sidewalks and alleys.
Laws and Regulations
- Refer to DCMR Title 24 for laws governing use of Public Space.
- Special Trees
- Tree Canopy Amendment Protection Act of 2016
This permitting service will provide numerous environmental benefits to the city, including:
Heat island effect mitigation and reduced energy use
Better air quality and reduced water pollution
Quieter and more beautiful neighborhoods
Special Tree Removals and Fund Plantings
Service at a Glance
Provided By: DDOT
Phone: (202) 671-5133
Location: 55 M Street, SE, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20003
- Summary of Special Tree Removal Application and Permit Process
- Special Tree vs. Street Tree
- How to Obtain a Special Tree Removal Permit
- Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002
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