What are the Rules and Regulations on ProtectingTrees in Decatur, GA?

Below you’ll find information on tree protection in Decatur, GA. Here are at Premiere Tree Services of Decatur we work hard to keep our customers informed. We not only trim, prune, plant, or remove trees, we also make sure you’re aware of the tree regulations.

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Protection of trees

  1. Guarding. All trees on any street or other publicly owned property near an excavation or construction of any building, structure, or street work, shall be guarded with a good substantial fence, frame, or box not less than four feet high and eight feet square, or at a minimum distance in feet from the tree equal to the diameter of the trunk, whichever is greater. Any barrier with lesser dimensions than those specified in this subsection shall be subject to approval by the city tree consultant. All building material, dirt, or other debris shall be kept outside the barrier.
  2. Excavation; permit required. No person shall excavate any ditches, tunnels, trenches, or lay any drive within a radius of ten feet from any public tree without first obtaining a written permit from the development director.
  3. Damaging, harming or burning. Unless specifically authorized by the development director, no person shall intentionally damage, cut, carve, transplant, or remove any public tree or shrub; attach any rope, wire, nails, advertising posters, or other contrivance to any public tree or shrub; allow any gaseous, liquid or solid substance which is harmful to such plants to come in contact with them; or set fire or permit any fire to burn when such fire or the heat thereof will injure any portion of any public tree or shrub.
  4. Creation of obstructions by pruning. It shall be the duty of any person owning or occupying real property bordering on any street upon which property there may be trees, to prune such trees in such a manner that they will not obstruct or shade the streetlights, obstruct the passage of pedestrians on sidewalks, obstruct vision of traffic signs, or obstruct view of any street or alley intersection. The minimum clearance of any overhanging portion thereof shall be ten feet over sidewalks, and 12 feet over all streets, except truck thoroughfares, which shall have a clearance of 16 feet.

Planting of trees

In any instance where the cutting of any paved sidewalk in a right-of-way of the city is necessary for the planting of any shrub or tree, such work shall be performed by the engineering department or shall be done according to plans approved by and a permit issued by the city engineer.

Acquisition of easements to plant trees on private property

The city is hereby authorized to enter into agreements with the owners of private property located within the city for the purpose of acquiring easements to plant trees on such property, in consideration for which such private property owner shall acquire ownership of such trees as the city may plant; provided, however, that any such agreement shall limit the duration of the easement to a time period of two years and shall limit the property interest acquired by the city to that distance sufficient to allow the planting of trees. Under such agreement the private property owner shall agree to maintain the trees planted thereon and shall also agree to hold the city harmless for any liability attributable to the planting or presence of the trees on the private property.

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