Gwinnett County GA

Do I have to obtain a permit to cut down a tree on my property?

Possibly. Individual homeowners are not required to obtain a tree removal permit unless that tree is located in a required Zoning Buffer, Conservation or Open Space, the Chattahoochee River Corridor or designated Tree Save Area.  More information here.  Note: preservation of specimen trees is required as of 2007.

Specimen Tree Identification Criteria (meeting both of the following):

1) Tree Size:

  • Large Hardwood 28 inch diameter or larger
  • Large Softwood 30 inch diameter or larger
  • Small Native & Flowering 12 inch diameter or larger

2)   Condition:

  • A life expectancy of greater than 10 years.
  • A sound and solid trunk with no extensive decay or hollow, and less than 20% radial trunk dieback.
  • No more than one major and three minor dead limbs (hardwoods only).
  • No major insect problem
  • No major pathological problem (fungus, virus etc.).
  • Small Native Flowering tree if considered a rare species.
  • Exceptional quality.
  • Of historical significance.

Definitely: If you are involved in construction or land planning, Gwinnett county now requires a Specimen Tree Packet be submitted as part of the permitting.  

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