Brookhaven Requires Certified Arborist approval

Starting September 26, 2014, the City of Brookhaven requires that all building permits and land disturbance applications have the approval of a private certified arborist.  The certified arborist is to verify the accuracy of critical tree information on the project site as follows:

Needed by City Arborist:

  • Specimen tree report prepared by Certified Arborist, must include and/or accompany a site plan with locations of specimen trees, accurate sizes and species, description of tree’s condition, photographs to illustrate defects (digital format acceptable)
  • Chart for specimen-sized trees not in specimen condition that are removed with no recompense requirement. Trees number on chart must correspond to trees numbered in field
  • Chart for specimen-sized trees in specimen condition that are removed. Trees numbered on chart must correspond to trees numbered in field.
  • Locations of all specimen-sized trees and their critical root zones labeled; inventoried by size and species; and numbered on chart to correspond to tree numbers shown on plan. This includes those specimen trees that are to be preserved, those proposed for removal, Show chart on plan.
  • Locations of all existing trees 8” dbh or greater that are to be counted toward meeting density requirements; inventoried by size and species. Also the boundary trees portion of root plate of 20” or greater trees on abutting properties which are contained within the subject property, to the extent that such root plates can be determined from the vantage point of the property to be developed.
  • Specimen trees are:
    • 26 inch DBH:  Oak, Beech, Ash, Blackgum, Sycamore, Hickory, Maple (does not include Silver Maple), Pecan, Walnut, Persimmon, Sourwood, Cedar, Cypress, Redwood
    • 30 inch DBH:  Tulip Poplar, Sweet Gum, Magnolia, River Birch, Maple (Silver Maple only)
    • 10 inch DBH:  American Holly, Dogwood, Redbud, Cherry, etc. 
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