When submitting a request for tree permit through your city, town, county, or HOA; our certified arborists are standing by to assist you with a wealth of tools at our disposal including compilation of tree risk assessments, arborist letters, and custom tree detail reports.

Most tree removal permit requests will require the DBH (diameter at breast height) which is measured at approximately 4.5′ up the trunk from ground level.  In this location you will need to wrap a tape measure around the tree obtaining the circumference, then divide it by 3.14 to find your approximate DBH.

However it is important to note that each tree is different and finding the correct location can vary on a per tree basis.  The following video offers explanation of where to measure the circumference to acquire the DBH in special circumstances.  Remember to divide your circumference by 3.14 to complete the calculation!!!

by City/Town/County


Berkeley County

Berkeley County does not have a tree protection ordinance.  However there are landscape buffer requirements on new construction.


Charleston County

Single-family residential, all trees 24″ and greater require permit with exception to Pines.

Multi-Family residential, all trees 8″ and greater are protected in effort to retain a buffer.


City of Charleston

Single-family residential properties, all trees 24″ and greater are protected and require permit with exception of Pines and Sweet Gums.


Dorchester County

All trees greater than 12” DBH require permit with exception to Pines.  However Pines 24″ DBH and greater reach a protected class as well.


Folly Beach


Goose Creek

Yes the city does not regulate the removal of trees on a developed residential property. However, should the tree be located within a drainage easement, we ask that you contact Berkeley County’s roads and bridges office to request an encroachment permit, if required.


Isle of Palms

Permit is required to remove any tree or limb over 8″ in diameter.  The city will require a certified arborist letter to perform larger cuts or removals.


James Island

Permit required for any  species of tree measuring 24” or greater, except Pine, Sweet gum, and invasive species.  A permit is also required for removing more than 25% of the tree’s canopy or for the removal of three or
more limbs with an individual diameter of six inches or greater.


Kiawah Island


Mount Pleasant

Residential properties, all trees 16″ and greater are protected and require permit with exception of Bradford Pear, Camphor, Chinaberry, Chinese Tallow (popcorn tree), Callary Pear varieties, Mimosa, Pines, River Birch, Sweet Gum, and White Poplar.  Trees located within special buffer areas, however, may still be protected regardless of size or species.


North Charleston

You must contact the zoning office to remove or prune any trees in the city of North Charleston.  Trees greater than 10″ in diameter are considered “significant trees” and are protected to the extent practical and feasible.


Sullivan’s Island

Homeowner must obtain permits for removal of any tree or limb 6″ in diameter or greater.



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.