In order to preserve and protect our tree canopy, the City of Miami regulates removal, relocation and pruning of all trees within City limits. These regulations may be found in Chapter 17 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Miami. Failure to comply with the City’s tree regulations may result in fines in excess of $500.
- Removal or relocation of trees – requires a permit from the City of Miami. Removal of trees also requires either planting of new trees or payment into the City’s Tree Trust Fund. More information can be found at https://ourgreenmiami.wordpress.com/tree-removal-and-relocation/.
- Pruning of trees does not require a permit if it is performed in accordance with Standards for Tree Care Operations, as specified by Chapter 17 of the City Code. Improper pruning practices, such as removal of more than 25% of a tree’s foliage, hat-racking, topping, lion-tailing or otherwise failing to comply with these standards, may result in a fine for the property owner. More information can be found at https://ourgreenmiami.wordpress.com/tree-pruning/.
Landscaping for New Construction
Additionally, the Zoning Code of the City of Miami has minimum landscape requirements for new construction, which can found in Article 9 of the Zoning Code of the City of Miami.