Florida League of Cities

Private Property Rights to Prune, Trim and Remove Trees (Support)

CS/SB 518 (Brodeur) and HB 1555 (McClain) amend current law provisions that prohibit local governments from requiring permits for the removal of "dangerous" trees on residential property. The bills clarify what constitutes residential property and increase the level of assessment and type of documentation that must be provided by an arborist or landscape architect under the law. As amended, CS/SB 518 defines residential property as a single-family detached building located on an existing lot, actively used for single-family residential purposes, and which is either an existing conforming use or a legally recognized nonconforming use following the local jurisdiction's applicable land development regulations. (Branch)