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.

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:

  1. Application – email, mail, or in person applications.
  2. Inspection – including the impact of removing the tree.
  3. Public hearing – find more details here
  4. Decision – a Tree Warden’s decision is made within two weeks of the hearing.
  5. Charges – you pay for the tree removal.
  6. Additional fees – “$300 per inch of diameter of tree”

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