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Urban Forestry Compliance

The Urban Forestry Compliance Section implements and enforces the Urban Forestry ordinance, which protects healthy and significant trees and ensure planting of trees with land development to achieve the city’s goal of 30 percent overall canopy cover.

Protection and preservation of a portion of the existing trees on each site helps to achieve a multi-aged urban forest.

Tree Removal Permit

Download a tree removal permit application if you have dying or hazardous trees to remove or if you have one (but no more than one) healthy tree to remove. See permit for additional regulations.

Urban Forestry Permit

In the following cases, an Urban Forestry Permit must be approved before a building permit can be approved:

  • All new commercial and industrial projects (schools and churches are considered commercial)
  • Some expansions to commercial and industrial property
  • Changing residential property to commercial use
  • Residential property greater than one acre
  • Grading or complete reconstruction of a parking lot or flatwork
  • Removing trees over 6 inches in diameter at 4.5 feet above ground.

How to apply for a permit

Urban forestry permit applications can be submitted through the city’s online permitting system.

Paper copies may be submitted by mail or in person to:

Urban Forestry Compliance Section
Planning & Development Department
Zoning Applications Section
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Fees

  • Application Fee for Staff Review
    • Base Fee-First five acres (up to 5.00 acres), including one revision: $250
    • Additional acreage – 5.01 acres and over: $15 per acre above base fee
    • Additional revisions (each): $100
  • Application Fee for appeal hearing before Urban Design Commission: $295

For information on planting or caring for trees in Fort Worth, trees in the street right of way or public parks, visit the Parks & Community Services Department’s Forestry Division.

Zoning Changes

Apply Online

View Application & Fees

Zoning Links

Zoning Questions

Telephone
Zoning: 817-392-8028
Urban Forestry: 817-392-7933
Board of Adjustment: 817-392-8026

Email
zoninglanduse@fortworthtexas.gov

UrbanForestry@fortworthtexas.gov

Fax
817-392-7526

Location
City Hall
200 Texas St.
Lower Level, Northeast Corner
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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