Resource Guide: County Tree Removal Permit Information

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City of Atlanta / Fulton County

Arborist Division - Private Property
Phone: (404) 865-8487
Apply for a permit online by registering for an account here:

Forestry Division of the Office of Parks - Public Property
Phone: (404) 546-6813

Cherokee County 
Engineering Department
Phone: (678) 493-6077

Individual homeowners within Cherokee County are exempt from being required to submit a permit to remove trees located on their property.

For information on tree preservation and replanting standards, visit specific ordinance information at

Clayton County
Planning and Zoning Department
Phone: (770) 477-3678

Cobb County
Per Cobb Co. Government, in most cases, residents do not need a permit to remove a few trees in their yard. County review and approval is required if the trees are located in a stream buffer or a buffer required by the Zoning Code. If tree removal is extensive, a timber harvest permit may be required.

Contact the Site Plan Review Section at (770) 528-2147, or (770) 528-2130 if you are unsure of your situation.

For additional information, visit the Cobb County Government Community Development Agency page and visit the Site Plan Review section.

DeKalb County
Planning and Development Department, Environmental Compliance Division
Phone: (404) 371-2685

Per the DeKalb County Planning and Development Department, written notification of tree removal should be submitted to the DeKalb County Arborist, via fax at (404) 678-3949 or email at with attention to the County Arborist before trees are removed from property.

Dead, diseased or hazardous trees may be removed at any time.  Residents may remove up to five healthy trees on their property per calendar year, provided that the trees are not specimen trees.

Douglas County
County Arborist
Phone: (770) 920-7524

No fees are or permit are required as long as the property in which a resident is removing a tree from is under an acre.  Trees may not be cut down in buffer zones, and it is highly recommended that residents contact the County Arborist, Scott Daniell at (770) 920-7524 to avoid any problems when removing trees.

Forsyth County
Phone: (770) 205-4562

Per the Forsyth County Tree Ordinance, all applications for a land disturbance permit shall require submission and approval of a Tree Protection and/or Replacement Plan. The Department of Planning and Development will assess and sign-off on the approval.

Gwinnett County
Department of Planning and Development
Phone: (678) 518-6000

Per Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development, individual homeowners are not required to obtain a tree removal permit unless a tree is located in a required zoning buffer, conservation or open space, the Chattahoochee River Corridor, or designated 'tree save area'.  

Contact the Department of Planning and Development Office - Development Plan Review Section at (678) 518-6000 for questions about whether or not your trees are located in any of these select areas.

Henry County
Building Department
Phone: (770) 288-6051

Arborist Technician
Phone: (678) 297-6070

Per Alpharetta City Hall, a tree removal permit application MUST be submitted to the City of Alpharetta prior to the removal of any tree (dead or alive) from any property within the City limits. 

To submit a tree removal permit application, visit:

Planning, Zoning and Inspections Department
Phone: (404) 370-4104

No permits or fees are required for existing properties to remove trees.  If a tree is diseased, residents can cut it down, but it is recommended that the request is documented with a certified arborist. 

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