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Tree Permits

The City Council has established goals of preserving and improving the urban forest canopy of Takoma Park.  To achieve these goals, the City has established a number of regulations on how trees may be treated on private property.  These requirements apply to ‘Urban Forest Trees’, which are defined below.   Please look to the right hand side of this page to read more on the various permit requirements that must be adhered to.

Definition of an Urban Forest Tree

An urban forest tree is a tree in the City which:

  1. Measures 24 inches or more in circumference at four and one-half feet above ground level, also known as diameter at breast height (DBH) or measures seven and five-eighths inches or more at DBH; or
  2. Is required to be planted or maintained, pursuant to governmental order, agreement, stipulation, covenant, easement, or a tree protection plan, or as a condition of issuance of a tree permit; or
  3. Is planted with government funding or under a government program

 

Appeal Process

The City Code establishes an appeals process Takoma Park Municipal Code 12.12.110

The following decisions can be appealed:

  • Anyone can appeal a Preliminary Tree Removal Approval within the 15 Day Posting Period
  • The applicant can appeal the City’s Denial of Tree Removal
  • An adjoining property owner can appeal a Preliminary Tree Protection Plan Permit Approval within 15 days of notice

The following decisions are not eligible for appeal:

  • The number of trees required for replanting
  • A determination that a tree is dead or hazardous.

Appeals are heard by the Tree Commission, which is made up of community members selected by the City Council. The hearing is quasi-judicial in nature. The City Attorney communicates the commissions’ decision within 30 days of the hearing. An Appellant can take the matter to Circuit Court and file a judicial review petition within 30 days of the Tree Commission’s decision.

Tree Removal Permit

Before removing an urban forest tree on private property, you must apply for and receive in writing a Tree Removal Permit.  Please see the link here for everything you need to know about and instructions on how to apply for a Tree Removal Permit: Tree Removal Permit

Tree Impact Assessment and Tree Protection Plan Permit

Before beginning a construction, landscaping or tree pruning project near or on an urban forest tree, you must first confirm whether or not you need to apply for a Tree Impact Assessment and a Tree Protection Plan Permit.  Please follow this link to read more about the updated process for applying: Tree Impact Assessment and Tree Protection Plan Permit

Tree Permit Staff Contact

Marty Frye
Urban Forest Manager
Phone: 301-891-7612
Email: MartyF@takomaparkmd.gov

Current Tree Removal Applications

All removal applications granted preliminary approval must be posted for a period of 15 days to allow for public comment. Current pending applications are listed below. Any resident of Takoma Park may appeal a preliminary approval during the posting period. If no appeal is received during the posting period, a tree removal permit will be issued. If an appeal is received, the matter will be scheduled for a Tree Commission hearing. If you would like to appeal a preliminary approval listed below please provide a written request  to the Arborist before the end of the posting period:

Tree Removal Application Staff Contact

Marty Frye
Urban Forest Manager
Phone: 301-891-7612
Email: MartyF@takomaparkmd.gov

Pending Tree Removal Applications (chart does not include approved waivers)

AddressNumber of TreesAppeal Process EndsDiameter*Tree LocationTree Type
331 Lincoln Avenue12021-08-2126"back rightRed Maple
504 Albany Avenue12021-08-2821"back rightAmerican Elm
216 Philadelphia Avenue12021-09-1028"back rightBlack Walnut
309 Ethan Allen Avenue12021-09-1111.4"back leftAmerican Elm
504 Boston Avenue12021-09-1525.4"back centerNorthern Red Oak
600 Ray Drive12021-09-2441.2"back leftScarlet Oak
7123 Sycamore Avenue12021-09-2517"back rightBlack Walnut
7000 Woodland Avenue32021-10-0110.4", 10", 8.9"back center, right side, front centerNorthern Catalpa, Chestnut Oak, Chestnut Oak
*Diameter at breast height.

Table: Pending Tree Removal Appeals. This table is maintained by Ian Chamberlain, Construction Manager. (ianc@takomaparkmd.gov)

Pending Tree Appeals

AddressNumber of TreesType of AppealDiameter*Tree TypeTree LocationHearing Date / LocationTree Commission Ruling
7600 Takoma Avenue56Tree Removal Preliminary Approvalvariousvarious7600 Takoma AvenueAugust 12, 6:45 pm
REMOTE meeting held on web (Zoom)
Contact Urbanforestmanager@takomaparkmd.gov for meeting link
9/10/20 - Tree Commission upheld the issuance of the tree removal permit for 56 trees
430 - 434 Ethan Allen Avenue12Tree Removal Preliminary approvalvariousvarious430 Ethan Allen AvenueDecember 15, 6:30 pm REMOTE meeting held on web (Zoom)
Contact Urbanforestmanager@takomaparkmd.gov for meeting link
1/14/21 - The Commission upheld the issuance of the Tree Removal Permit and the Tree Protection Plan Permit under the condition that the applicant obtain prior approval of their stormwater management permit and the requirement of an $18,000 bond for tree planting, to be released one year after replacement planting to guarantee planted trees are in good health.

Case No: 2020-02
430 - 434 Ethan Allen Avenue12Tree Protection Planvariousvarious434 Ethan Allen AvenueDecember 15, 6:30 pm REMOTE meeting held on web (Zoom)
Contact Urbanforestmanager@takomaparkmd.gov for meeting link
1/14/21 - The Commission upheld the issuance of the Tree Protection Plan Permit

Case No: 2020-02
*Diameter at breast height.

Table: Pending Tree Removal Appeals. Marty Frye, Urban Forest Manager, maintains this table. (MartyF@takomaparkmd.gov)


Need Help?

Please direct your questions and concerns related to tree permits to:

Marty Frye

Urban Forest Manager

Public Works

301-891-7612MartyF@takomaparkmd.gov

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