The following guidelines will assist you in the lawful removal of your tree(s) in Savannah, GA:
City of Savannah Tree Removal Process
If a homeowner wants to remove a tree from his/her property or one that is under 10 feet tall, generally a permit is not needed. However, if that tree is partially or entirely on Savannah land, a permit should be acquired.
In all other scenarios, pursuant to the Landscape and Tree Ordinance Compliance Manual, a tree service professional will oversee the careful removal of the tree in such a way that no above or below ground damage is caused to remaining trees.
You and your tree service professional should refer to the city’s Site Development Permit Plan Review Checklist to answer basic questions about the tree, the land and the impact on the surroundings. Even with a completed checklist, the city’s Arborist may have further questions before granting a permit.
Savannah Tree Removal & Protection Ordinance
For further information and study, see the Savannah Landscape and Tree Protection Ordinance, which defines the parameters of what may or may not be done in relation to any/all trees within the city.
For all property within the city being developed or redeveloped for commercial, industrial, institutional, multi and single family subdivisions, refer to the City of Savannah “Landscape Compliance Manual” . For live troubleshooting, the city also provides a 311 phone or online service.
In order to expedite the acquisition of a tree removal permit from the City of Savannah, here is the Site Development Permit Plan Review Checklist.
City of Savannah Arborist Contact Information
The City of Savannah Park & Tree Department is charged with the protection and maintenance of the city’s parks, trees and greenery. As such, before any landscape projects or tree removal, they should be consulted.
City of Savannah
Georgia Arborist Association
Savannah, GA 31401