City of Atlanta Tree Removal Permit Process

trees and City of Atlanta office buildingHaving a humid sub-tropical climate, Atlanta’s weather ranges from cool, mild winters at around 43 degrees, to hot, humid summers around 85 degrees. The city finds itself in zones 7a and 7b of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.

The City is known for its lavishly green landscape, thus nicknamed “City in a forest”.

Atlanta takes care of, protects and values its trees. There are regulations and requirements governing the removal of trees from private property. Following is an excerpt from, which explains the Atlanta, Ga tree removal permitting process and requirements in detail.

City of Atlanta Tree Removal Permit Application Process

These steps will assist you in the lawful removal of dead, dying, diseased or hazardous trees from private property.

1. Submit an Application:

Fill out and submit a tree removal permit application. Applications can be mailed, faxed, emailed or delivered in person to the City of Atlanta Arborist Division (contact info on the PDF).

2. Inspection:

Generally, within 5 business days, an assigned arborist will visit and complete a field inspection.

3. Application Approval:

When the application is approved, the field inspection report will be returned to you and must be on site while the tree removal process takes place.

* In the event the permit application is denied, an appeal can be filed.

How to Appeal a Permit Denial

When a tree removal permit is denied, an appeal may be made to the Tree Conservation Commission. Valid appeals must provide clear evidence of misinterpretation of the facts.

A public hearing will take place where you can explain your situation. Contact Kathy Evans at (404) 330-6235 or visit for further instructions.

City of Atlanta Arborist Division & Emergency Tree Removal Service

The City of Atlanta Arborist Division is comprised of an Arboricultural Manager, Regional Inspectors, and Plan Reviewers. It can provide further clarification on the protection ordinance, removal permit, and tree density requirements.

City of Atlanta Arborist Division
55 Trinity Avenue
3rd Floor – Suite 3800
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 330-6874

David Zaparanick, M.L.A.
Interim Arboricultural Manager
(404) 865-8489

If you have a tree emergency or need assistance from a local tree service, we vetted a team of professionals to assist in the removal of dead, diseased, or hazardous trees.

This team is also prepared to guide you through the application and permitting process.


For tree removal permit and ordinance info regarding other Georgia cities and counties visit:

The original version of this post City of Atlanta Tree Removal Permit Process can be found on


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s