If you have a fallen or damaged tree on your property because of a weather emergency on 7-12-2022, you can remove the tree or fallen branches without a permit. Document or photograph the damage/emergency and send it to DPW at arborist@collegeparkmd.gov.

Those who wish to remove or prune a surviving tree must submit an application for a permit.

Trees are a vital part of our ecosystem. A majority of the City’s tree canopy is in residential neighborhoods — this means our residents can make a big difference in helping to maintain our tree canopy!

On May 10, 2022, the City Council approved Ordinance 21-O-09, which will require a permit to remove trees on residential land. Starting July 1, 2022, those who wish to remove or prune a tree must submit an application for a permit. Applications are available online, and in-person at the Department of Public Works. There is no application fee to obtain a permit.

The ordinance was enacted to limit the removal of healthy, mature trees as a measure to maintain the City’s tree canopy. The Tree and Landscape Board and City Council held numerous public meetings and incorporated changes to address many concerns and suggestions from residents.

Residents, property owners, and tree and landscape companies may have many questions about this new permitting process. For details, FAQs and tree permit application, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/315/Trees.

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