Tree Planting, Trimming, Relocation and Removal Information


The Village encourages homeowners to think carefully about where to plant trees on their properties. Locations away from utility lines, public easements and property lines are recommended, and consideration of the mature sizes of trees and shrubs is important.


Proper tree trimming techniques are key to growth and appearance. Hatracking is not acceptable. The Village regulates tree relocation and removal on public and private properties and a permit is required if a homeowner wants to remove or relocate a tree. In certain situations a Miami-Dade County permit also is required.


Please consult the following resources for more information.



Guides, Manuals and Presentations:


Guide to Trees and Power Lines (PDF) - Florida Power & Light

Citizen Forestry Manual (PDF) - Miami-Dade County


Tree Pruning Guide (PDF) - Miami-Dade County


Hatracking Presentation (PDF) - Three-part presentation given at 2013 Whitefly-Hatracking Workshop by Village Arborist

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3



Village Ordinance Ch 21 Article II: Landscaping in Public Rights-of-Way


Permit Information and Applications:


Village Tree Relocation and Removal Permit Application (PDF) - Building, Zoning & Planning


County Tree Removal or Relocation Permits webpage - Miami-Dade County




Right Tree - Right Place webpage - Miami-Dade County


Tree Pruning Tips webpage - Miami-Dade County


Prohibited Plants webpage - Miami-Dade County


Public Utilities, Easements & Tree Trimming webpage - Village Public Works Division






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