Trees and native vegetative communities provide and maintain beneficial public resources and 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.
No permit needed to cut the following exotic invasive trees.
Brazilian Pepper Tree
Chinese Tallow Tree
Meleleuca, Punk Tree
Service Area of Habitat / Tree Section:
- Unincorporated Pinellas County
- Belleair Bluffs
- Belleair Shore
- Indian Shores
- Redington Shores
If you reside within the city limits of any of Pinellas County’s other 24 municipalities not listed above, you must contact your local city hall with any tree related issues. If you do not know if you live in an unincorporated area, use Map It (by simply inputting your property address) to find out.
- Tree Applications and Forms:
- National Arbor Day Foundation - Species identification
- Florida Division of Forestry County Foresters
- Trimming Mangroves
- Email for Tree Questions
Pinellas County Municode:
- Land Developer Code: Chapter 166 -
Environmental and Natural Resource Protection - Article II - Habitat Management and Landscaping - Division 2 - Permits
For unincorporated Pinellas residence and business locations only.
Pinellas County Urban Forestry staff work collaboratively with multiple departments and programs within the County and organizations in the community. Program responsibilities include the tree maintenance, inspections, development review and appraisal of damaged public trees, urban ecosystem planning, public education and outreach and tree-related emergencies. This includes pruning trees for the overall health and structure of the tree, while maintaining height and sight requirements as governed by FDOT and County standards. more on Urban Forestry>