The Urban Forestry Division was formed to protect, preserve, enhance, and nurture Winter Park’s urban forest by utilizing best management practices and the most up-to-date scientific research. Staff maintains existing vigorous trees, removes dead/diseased/dying trees, and replants with a diverse species selection in an effort to promote our most important renewable resource as well as sustain our forest for today and future generations. The city’s urban forest consists of over 75,000 trees on private and public property and there are over 25,000 trees in city rights of way.
The division is also responsible for maintaining trees in parks and around facilities, trees coexisting with electrical facilities, rights of way trees, and community outreach and education. Please see the links below for specific questions or concerns.
Tree Maintenance Requests
Tree Removal Permit Application
To obtain a tree removal permit, please submit the application below. Staff will perform a field inspection and follow up via phone or email.
- Residential Permits: $35
- Commercial/Non-Residential: $100
- Tree Preservation Board Appeal: $100
- Re-inspection: $25
- Zone Clearance: $150 per hour
All fees are non-refundable
- Additional caliper inches planted reduces the tree trust fund deposit by $110 per caliper inch.
- Trees planted in lieu of compensation must be FL #1 & 3″ minimum in caliper.
Failure to plant replacement trees within 30 days of removal will result in the city billing you for the total inches owed plus an administrative fee of $150.00
For your safety the city will clear a 10′ radius around primary energized conductors at a minimal rate of $150 per hour. Alternatively, the property owner may hire a qualified line clearance tree contractor.
- Pay for tree removal permit application
- Indicate if power lines are involved
- Urban Forestry Division will determine the type of line and advise
- For primary wire; zone clearance will need to be paid prior to receiving tree removal permit
- Call customer service at 877-811-8700 if:
– Secondary (pole to pole without primary)
– Service wire (pole to house)
– Street light wire (pole to pole servicing street lights)
City staff is available to speak to groups or individuals regarding tree care concerns. Brochures are available that cover a wide variety of tree maintenance issues upon request.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
- Building Permit Checklist (Commercial)
- Building Permit Checklist (Residential)
- Current Tree Ordinance 2895-12
- Examples of Alternative Species to Establish a Diverse Canopy (Approved Species)
- House Bill 1159: Private Property Rights
- Tree Barricade Detail
- Tree Planting Update & Strategies (December 8, 2014)
- Urban Forest Management Plan