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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.

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 more than 6 inches in diameter at 4.5 feet above ground.

How to apply for a permit

Download the Urban Forestry Permit Application.

Application forms, calculations and site plans may be submitted electronically through the City’s online permitting system or delivered to the address below. Please note that paper applications must include a CD or flash drive containing PDF versions of application documents.

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


  • Application Fee for Urban Forestry Permit
    • Base fee, first five acres (up to 5.00 acres), including one revision: $250
    • Additional acreage: $15 per acre or portion of an acre added to base fee
    • Additional revisions (each): $100
    • Inspection fee for sites with preserved trees: $50 per inspection. Initial fee will be $100 to cover pre- and post-grading inspections. Additional inspections and associated fees may apply.
  • Application Fee for waiver 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

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





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


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