Exotic Invasive Trees
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Service Area: Unincorporated Pinellas County, including Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Indian Shores, and Redington Shores. Citizens in remaining areas will need to contact their cities directly.
Environmental and Natural Resource Protection:
Trees and native vegetative communities provide and maintain beneficial public resources. Protection of such vegetation is important. It is vital to perpetuate adequate tree numbers, preserve native vegetative communities, require replanting of vegetation, require landscaping of vehicular use areas, manage undesirable plant material, protect and preserve wildlife and its habitat, and provide a tree bank fund for furthering this intent.
For questions, call the tree line at
(727) 464-3480 or email.
Applications for Tree Removal and/or Construction:
- FAQ: The FAQ is being revised to address changes to the Land Development Code (2019) and as a result of Florida House Bill 1159 (2019).
- Removal of trees in unincorporated areas on private property:
Exotic Tree Removal:
- Sec. 138-3653 : Undesirable Trees/Plants
- Undesirable Plant Species List
- Undesirable plant species removal requires a permit, but most are not assessed a fee. In designated conservation easements and wetlands regulated under F.S. 373 and F.S. 403, a removal plan must be approved by the department addressing targeted species, extent and method of removal, stabilization measures, etc.
- Article II : Habitat Management & Protection
- Vegetation Maintenance:
Other Environmental Regulations
Removal of Trees from Public Right-of-Way:
- Tree removal within the public right-of-way requires a Right-of-Way Utilization Permit.
- Pinellas County Environmental Management - Watershed Management protects and improves the environmental and aesthetic quality of the County surface waters such as creeks, streams, lakes, bays, and coastal waters.
- Pinellas County Mangrove Resources - Mangroves are protected by the State's "Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act" and the enforcement of this statute has been delegated to Pinellas County.