Tree Removal Regulations

The City of Gainesville’s Land Development Code requires a permit and mitigation for the removal or relocation of any regulated tree.  The amount of mitigation ranges from the standard mitigation (two – 15 gallon trees replanted for each regulated tree removed) to Tree Appraised Value. The size (diameter), species, and condition of the tree as well as the zoning and where on the property the tree is located, will determine the mitigation. Mitigation trees must be nursery-grown, at least 8’ tall (15-gal) and 1.5” in caliper, and Florida Nursery Grade #1. Trees removed without a permit require inch for inch mitigation or double the required mitigation if the tree was a heritage tree.

Related Information

  1. Tree Removal Permit (to download, print and complete by hand) and the Tree Removal Permit Fill-In form (to save on your computer, complete online and email back to urbanforestry@cityofgainesville.org)
  2. Tree Regulations Handout
  3. Gainesville Tree List
  4. List of Planned Developments
  5. Sec. 30-254; Permits for Tree Removal
  6. Sec. 30-312; Violations, Enforcement and Penalty
  7. Sec. 13-171; Insects, Outdoor Storage, Trash, and Yard Maintenance (Hazardous Trees)
  8. Sec. 30-23 Definitions
  9. Sec. 30-254 (g); Commercial Tree Removal Permits
Municode    Verify an ISA Credential

Questions? Please reach us at:

Phone: (352) 393-8171
Fax: (352) 334-3299
Email: urbanforestry@cityofgainesville.org
Location: Administrative Office, Thomas Center, Building B, 3rd Floor, Office # 341,
306 NE 6th Ave., 32601, Mon.-Thurs., 7:00 am–6:00 pm