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Old 03-30-2009, 06:31 AM
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we just got a lot with some trees on it,but I heard that you can not cut them down without a permit, is that true? Can you burn them on your lot? The lot is in putnam county,interlachen fl.Please let me know.

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Old 03-30-2009, 07:17 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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You have to have a permit to cut down trees anywhere in the state of Florida but I think there are exceptions... I don't believe you're allowed to burn anything outdoors at this time. Isn't Florida in a drought ?

At any rate, Even if they are allowing burning outdoors, You have to have a permit for that too.


It is unlawful for any person or contractor to cut down, destroy, or remove any tree without first obtaining a TREE REMOVAL PERMIT, EXCEPT for the following situations. No permit is required when:
  • There are no "trees", as defined in paragraph one (1), on the property involved.
  • Trees are removed as part of a bona-fide agricultural activity in agricultural areas;
  • The trees being removed have deteriorated as a result of age, hurricane, storm, fire, disease, or other act of God;
  • Trees are removed from public rights-of-way or easements for construction or maintenance purposes;
  • Trees are planted and grown for sale to the general public or for some public purpose; or
  • Trees are listed as nuisance trees
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:50 AM
Location: Niceville, FL
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Best thing to do is to call your county planning department and get the specs on what's necessary in your area.

We had a couple trees cut down a few weeks back. One of them was deteriorating (a longleaf pine with damage from that never really recovered and was dropping branches on our yard) and two of them were just ugly. And we've had trees taken out at two other times in the past, and the tree service has never said anything about permits. (We're in Okaloosa County, so that can make a difference)
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:55 AM
Location: Hernando County, FL
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You can take down sand pines or palms any time without a permit, in most areas.

If there is an existing residence you can take down trees without a permit just as long as you leave the minimum required, in most areas.

You can check municode.com for the local codes for that area to find out more.

In most areas once you get a burn permit you just need to call when you are going to be burning. There are regulations on how it must be done and with the drought there will be many restrictions.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:37 PM
Location: PSL FL
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Please please don't burn! It's very dangerous esp on a windy day. that's how some home fires happened during a drought a few years ago. You have to really know what you are doing.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:03 PM
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Default OK then

I am sure he knows what he is doing. I get the impression that he is going to burn a few trees in a pile away from the house.
Not just pour gasoline over the woods and light a match.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:10 PM
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You CAN NOT burn now!! We are in a drought with wildfires sprouting all over. Please call your county for info.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:22 PM
Location: Orlando, Fl
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Google "tree removal Florida law" Here is one site, looks like they have sites for every county.
Florida Laws on Cutting Down Trees | eHow.com

Larry - Hobe Sound, Fl
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:23 PM
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Well I certainly hope the OP already made a decision on what to do with the trees after 2 years.
If she is still deciding I think she gets the ultimate procrastinator award.
That being said, the person that made an account and bumped this thread, after it was dormant for 2 years, for his one and only post gets the most useless bump award.
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:54 AM
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Do you have to get a permit to have an arborist trim trees prior to hurricane season
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