The following procedure covers the emergency removal of trees during a natural disaster:
1. Obtain an after-the-fact tree removal permit from the Community Development Departmentat City Hall or on-line at www.fbfl.us/trees.
2. Include photo documentation of the tree and the damage with the application.
This procedure includes removal of any tree damaged by fire or windstorm, lightning, or other acts of nature that pose an imminent danger to life or property. There is no fee for emergency tree removals. If you have any question, please call the City’s Planning Department at (904) 277-7325, option 1
• The City’s tree protection and permitting requirements only apply to trees that are 5” (five inches) or greater in diameter at breast height measured 4 ½ feet from the base of the tree. Smaller diameter trees can be removed without a permit.
• If a protected tree has been damaged but does not pose an immediate safety hazard, the property owner should document the damage showing the need to remove the tree and submit a Tree Removal Application to the City to get approval before the tree is removed. Again, there is no fee associated with the permit for this type of removal.
• Tree Removal Applications forms are available on the City’s website www.fbfl.us/trees or at the Community Development Department located at City Hall, 204 Ash Street. The counter is open M-F from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Property owners are cautioned to deal only with licensed contractors. The City cannot make any recommendations or referrals of a specific contractor.
• The City suggests that the property owner obtain the cost of all work in writing before the work is started and the work statement clearly states the quantity of work that will be done, payment terms and how debris removal will be handled.