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Public Works Department

60 & 66 Peter Road
Southbury, CT 06488
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P:(203) 262-0622
Monday - Thursday:
8:00am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Tree Removals

Street Tree Removal Permitting Process

Street trees are important assets of neighborhoods and commercial districts. The citizens of Southbury value street trees and have mandated their protection. Therefore, a permit is required before any tree – alive, dead or hazardous – can be removed. Tree removal without a permit is a violation of the Tree Ordinance as well as State Statutes and penalties may apply.

The following is required to process your tree removal application form:

  • Return the completed and signed application form including number and name of the replacement tree species.
  • Other documents that may be required include proof of damage caused by trees such as paid invoices for repair. Although a tree has caused sidewalk, sewer or other property damage, removal may not be required. If the removal is related to new construction, include site plans accurately showing tree locations as well as your building permit number.

Removal Process

The Tree Warden or a Deputy Tree Warden will evaluate the trees for removal. If the Department recommends tree removal, such notice will be posted thereon for a period of at least 10 days. If objections to the removal are received, the removal will be scheduled for public hearing.

Within three days after such hearing, the Tree Warden shall render a decision.

The Tree Warden's decision may be appealable to the Superior Court (see Tree Statutes).

Further recommendations

Have a licensed ISA-Certified Arborist evaluate the tree and provide a written report. Certified Arborists can be found in the Yellow Pages under the heading "Tree Services" or the International Society of Arboriculture website at

Use a licensed and insured arborist or other contractor for any tree work.

For each tree removed, a replacement tree planting may be required. For more information regarding tree planting and tree removals, please call the Department of Public Works at (203) 262-0622.

It is recommended that the Permittee carry adequate liability insurance for his/her own protection.

When planting a replacement tree, comply with tree planting requirements.

The property owner shall check for the presence of underground utilities in the area of proposed tree removals and shall be solely responsible in avoiding interference with or damage to electric or telephone conduits, sewers and other utilities.

Call Before You Dig -

Never dig around your home or business without first calling this toll-free number for "Call Before You Dig" in Connecticut: 1-800-922-4455.