Tree Work Permit Information
Tree Removal and Relocation
A Tree Work Permit is required for the removal or relocation of trees, except for trees determined to be exempt per City code. In order to remove or relocate trees, the removal must be justified, and either relocation or replacement of trees must take place. A certified arborist shall fill out and complete the Tree Relocation Form.
What Requires A Tree Permit?
- Trees over 3" in diameter in breast height (DBH)
- Palms over 15" in overall height
- Invasive trees over 12" in DBH
What Does Not Require A Tree Permit?
- Naturally clustering palms (Arecas, fishtails, etc.)
- Invasive trees under 12" in DBH or Invasive Palms (see Miami-Dade County list linked below)
Tree Removal Application Submittal Process
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Tree Removal Permit process is now paperless. When applying for a City Tree Removal Permit, an electronic application submittal is required. The electronic application submittal must be completed first and will also require creation of a CSS (Citizen Self Service) account before the application can be formally processed. There is also a customer service number listed on the webpage that can be utilized to help with the sign-up process and to answer any additional questions that may arise. Once you create an account, login and select the Permits tab and click Apply, then select Urban Forestry for permit type and Tree Removal Permit- Urban Forestry for work class.
Final inspection will be completed one year after successful mitigation inspection.
The following documents will need to be uploaded through the CSS Portal for a complete application:
- Signed and notarized application by the property owner
- A Tree Disposition Plan and a Landscape Plan
- For any Specimen Trees (+12" in DBH), provide a written report from an ISA Certified Arborist and/or ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist
- If trees are being relocated, a completed Relocation Plan must accompany the application
Every tree permit will be issued alongside a specifically numbered tree removal/relocation notification tags, which must be affixed by the permittee to any trees proposed for removal or relocation as part of an issued City Tree Work Permit. Tags must be affixed to those permitted trees for a minimum of 7 calendar days for non-specimen trees and palms, 14 calendar days for specimen trees, and 30 days for heritage trees prior to their removal or relocation.
Finalizing Tree Permits
- Tree work permits are valid for 1-year from the issuance date. The Urban Forestry division will automatically schedule the initial mitigation inspection 1 month before permit expiration but if work is completed earlier, it can be requested within the CSS Portal.
- One year after a successful initial mitigation inspection, our division will reinspect the new trees, and if passed, permit will be officially finalized.
Extending Tree Permits
- Should work require more than one year for completion, an extension must be requested before expiration. As such, the latest landscape plans and tree disposition must be rue-loaded into CSS even if they are unchanged.
- An email must also be sent to UrbanForestry@MiamiBeachFL.gov with the permit number and address in the header requesting the extension.
- Once all the documents are received and fees are paid an extension inspection will be completed to verify scope of work completed to date.
- Should additional trees be requested for removal and/or relocation, a new tree permit application shall be applied for with the steps outlined above.
Modifying Tree Permits
If at any time the approved Landscape Plan is to change for redesigns, city comments, owner requests, etc., the Urban Forestry division must be notified via email and the latest plans uploaded into CSS. A modification might be need to be issued to the existing permit based on the extent of the changes.
If a violation or warning has been issued through the Code Compliance department, or trees have been removed without a tree permit, an after-the-fact permit will be required to be applied for and issued. The steps are the same as outlined above, but all applicable fees will be doubled.
Tree Protection From Construction
Certain steps are required to ensure that trees are not damaged during construction activities. These include installation and maintenance of highly visible tree protection barriers and conducting onsite pre-construction meetings to go over tree protection related issues. Please refer to the following brochure for additional information on protecting trees during construction and further details on tree protection guidelines:
City of Miami Beach Tree Preservation Trust Fund
- Payment may be made in certain instances to the Fund in combination with tree replacement requirements. This may be considered once all available planting areas have been maximized within the proposed construction; including but not limited to retaining or relocating existing trees, using suspended soil systems, and minimizing impermeable surfaces.
- The Fund is used to obtain trees, landscaping, irrigation systems, and any other items or materials necessary and proper for the preservation, maintenance, relocation or restoration of trees and the urban forest on any publicly owned land or publicly accessible parcels in Miami Beach. These funds may also be expended for the Adopt-a-Tree Program, or similar program approved by the City Commission.
Downloadable Tree Work Permit Documents
Click any of the links below to download information sheets and permit forms related to the Tree Work Permit.