Summerville Tree Ordinance

All trees greater than 6” DBH require permit.

The Town of Summerville has had a Tree Protection Ordinance since the mid 1800’s. The ordinance strives to protect the natural beauty of the Town and insure the adequate preservation of trees. All trees (all species) six inches in diameter at breast height (DBH), including dead trees, require a permit to be removed. Permits for removal of trees for new construction projects are included in the building permit and reviewed as part of site plan review. All trees 16” or greater must be approved by the Town’s Tree Advisory Protection Committee. The Committee also reviews any appeals to tree removals that have been denied by staff or a single member of the Committee. The Committee is made up of both staff members and citizens.

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