Tree Permit

Tree Permit Requirements 

The City of Doraville recognizes the importance of trees because they provide shading and cooling; improve stormwater quality; reduce noise, wind, stormwater runoff and soil erosion; provide for wildlife refuge; produce oxygen; filter dust; absorb carbon dioxide; and enhance the aesthetics and economics of all real property. Trees' contribution to the general well-being and quality of life for the citizens of Doraville, as well as the region of metropolitan Atlanta, is recognized and valued; therefore, the City deems it necessary and desirable in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare to enact an ordinance for the conservation, planting, and replacement of trees to prevent the indiscriminate removal of trees and reduction of canopy cover within the City. 

Tree Ordinance:
To view in pdf format, click here.
To view on Municode, click here.

A tree permit is required for: 

  • Removal of any tree with a trunk diameter of three (3) inches or more measured at breast height, which normally attains a mature height of fifteen (15) feet or more; and/or 
  • Pruning the limbs (branches) of trees that have a trunk diameter of eight (8) inches or more measured at breast height. Click here to read Sec. 5-271 discussing proper pruning methods.

Permit Submission:

Tree removal permit applications may be submitted via the online portal. The tree permit fee is $25.

The following documents must be submitted with your permit submission:
•   Site plan; These may be hand drawn (example drawing)
•   Photographs of trees to be removed.
•   Information and insurance for tree contractor or removal company.

Exemption Removal Due to Dangerous/Hazardous Conditions
Injured or fallen trees which pose imminent danger may be removed prior to issuance of a tree permit; however, immediate notification to the City is required prior to any removal.  Provide photo documentation of the injured tree(s) and property damage. 

Send notification to:  and

Please provide the following minimum information in the email
•   Subject line of email: “Emergency tree removal"
•   Body of email: Your contact information and a clear description of dangerous conditions.
•   Required documents: Photographs of injured trees.

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