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Department of Public Works - Division of ForestryApplication for Tree Removal Permit
Each tree being removed requires a completed form.
Site Plan Example
Trees in the parkway may not be removed by property owners. Contact Public Works at 847-360-0944 to report the issue with the tree.
This measurement should be taken at 54 inches above ground.
DO NOT PUT ANY BRUSH OR LOGS ON THE PARKWAY FROM REMOVAL. THE OWNER/CONTRACTOR MUST DISPOSE OF ALL DEBRIS.
REMOVED TREES MUST BE REPLACED PER THE TREE PRESERVATION AND LANDSCAPING ORDINANCE.
Section 2.10.2 of the Tree Preservation and Landscaping Ordinance has information regarding replacement. Most trees must be replaced on an inch-for-inch basis, with a minimum of 3” diameter. (Ex: Removing a 6” diameter tree, replacing with two 3” diameter trees or one 6” diameter tree)Replacement trees must be an approved species from the Morton Arboretum Northern Illinois Tree Species List. Diseased, dying or dead trees do not have to be replaced.
If location changes, follow up with an updated site plan. (Site plan example above.)
Per the Tree Preservation and Landscape Ordinance, in issuing a permit authorizing the removal of a tree or in establishing the replacement requirement for a tree, the size of each replacement tree shall be no less than three inches in diameter at 54" of the ground (also called DBH) at the time of planting. The location and species of the replacement tree shall be approved by the Director of Planning & Zoning. The Director may waive or reduce the requirement for planting a replacement tree(s). In the case of such waiver or reduction, an allowance is made for a cash-in-lieu-of contribution of $125 for every caliper inch which is not replaced. Replacement of trees will be based on the “inch for inch” definition in the ordinance. Noxious or restricted trees shall be replaced on an inch for two inch basis. Deciduous trees shall only be replaced with deciduous trees. Dead, dying or diseased trees shall not require replacement. A tree which is transplanted on site is also not required to be replaced.
Would you like to be considered for a waiver or reduction?
BY SIGNING, THE PROPERTY OWNER AND/OR CONTRACTOR ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE CITY CODE CONTAINS REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO TREE REMOVAL AND THAT TREE REMOVAL IN VIOLATION OF THE CODE WILL RESULT IN FINES AND PENALTIES AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE CODE,
The approval process may take approximately 14 business days from the date of submittal.
PERMIT EXPIRES SIX MONTHS AFTER DATE OF ISSUANCE. TREES MUST BE REPLACED DURING THE TIME THE ISSUED PERMIT IS VALID.
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