If a tree on the public land opposite or beside your property is obstructing proposed construction or, for other reasons, needs to be removed, you can request a tree removal from the City of Boston.
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City of Boston Tree Removal
The removal of a healthy tree requires an application and a public tree hearing, held “on the first Thursday of the month”.
The process involves:
- Application – email, mail, or in person applications.
- Inspection – including the impact of removing the tree.
- Public hearing – find more details here
- Decision – a Tree Warden’s decision is made within two weeks of the hearing.
- Charges – you pay for the tree removal.
- Additional fees – “$300 per inch of diameter of tree”
Frequently Asked Questions
- Boston’s Efforts to Safeguard Urban Forests: A New Tree Protection Ordinance
- A Comprehensive Guide to Tree Diseases: Causes, Classification, Characteristics, and Management
- Enhancing Boston’s Urban Tree Canopy: A Progressive Ordinance for a Sustainable Future
- How Do Trees Prevent Soil Erosion
- What is the Difference Between Trimming and Pruning Trees