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Tree Removal Permit

Do I need a Tree Removal Permit?
As stated in the city's Code of Ordinances, a permit is required to cut or remove any tree that is 19 inches in diameter or larger. The exemptions are:
  • If the tree is not on the Tree List 
  • The residential property is more than 100 acres in size or if the property is a primary residence
  • Trees that are not part of a Tree Disposition Plan or required for the landscaping of a commercial development
  • Trees damaged by natural disasters (thunderstorms, windstorms, floods, earthquakes, fires, or other natural disasters), and is determined to be hazardous
  • When removal is necessary as determined by Fire Department personnel while actively fighting a fire
  • Trees being grown as part of a licensed nursery business
  • Public utility companies with a franchise from the city and city crews are exempted from the requirement for the purposes of clearing and maintaining so as to provide safe and adequate services

Tree List
Tree Species
Tree Size
Baldcypress Large 
Chinese Pistache Small
Elm Large
Hickory Large
Magnolia Large
Maple Large
Mexican Plum Small
Oak Large
Pecan Large
Pine Small
River Birch Large
Redbud Small
Savannah Holly Small
Sycamore Large
Texas Persimmon Large

How do I get a tree permit?
  • Download the online Tree Disposition Permit Application
  • Print it out, complete it, and submit it to the City Arborist, or fill out the electronic application and email Heather McKnight the completed application.
  • Provide payment of the Tree Permit fee in the amount of $50.00, payable to the City of League City.

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