Tree Removal

No permit is required to remove trees on private property in most cases

Exceptions requiring a permit to remove a tree:

The permit process is expedited for removal of a dead or hazardous tree in an RPA.

For by-right development projects over 2,500 square feet, a tree preservation and planting plan is required, per the Chesapeake Bay Ordinance. Please refer to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance for more information.

Publicly-owned trees

Trees on public land are usually managed by a federal or state agency or the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation tree maintenance crew.