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Tree Work Permit


City Parks and Recreation, Department of

No work may be performed on or within 50 feet of a street tree without a Tree Work Permit from Parks & Recreation. Any person, business, or contractor wishing to remove or perform work on or within 50 feet of a tree on New York City property is required to obtain a permit from Parks & Recreation.

Examples of work include, but are not limited to, installing a sidewalk, driveway or utility line, pruning, hanging holiday lights, or extending the current tree planting space. A permit for the work may be issued following a review process, which may entail additional documentation, and / or modifications or alterations of the work plan.

A permit will be issued no earlier than 5 business days prior to the start of work on or near City trees. All tree work will be completed at the property owner?s expense.

The appropriate Borough Forestry Office.

The address is supplied with the application materials, obtained by calling 311.

For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Tree Work Permit

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