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Tree Protection Ordinance Extended

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City of Cambridge Tree Protection Ordinance Amendment Extended

Effective February 10, 2019, the City Council has voted to extend the Tree Protection Ordinance Amendment requiring a permit to remove a "significant tree" on private property.

"Significant trees" have a trunk diameter of 8 inches or more (measured 4 feet above ground).

Permits will only be issued in the following circumstances:

  • The tree is dead or dangerous;
  • An emergency exists relative to public health, safety or welfare; 
  • Removal of the tree is necessary to complete a significant utility infrastructure project;
  • Removing the tree may result in a healthier tree canopy;
  • The tree poses a significant risk to an adjacent existing structure.

In each of these cases, a completed Permit Application Form and all associated documentation must be submitted to be considered for a permit. In the event a tree had to be removed due to an emergency situation prior to receiving a permit, an application must be submitted retroactively. 

The extension of this ordinance amendment is valid until December 31, 2020 or until an additional amendment is put in place, whichever comes first. 

For complete permit requirements, please visit the online permitting system.


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