TREE REMOVAL PERMIT APPLICATION
IMPORTANT: A TREE REMOVAL PERMIT ISSUED BY THE CITY IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO THE REMOVAL OF ANY TREE >7.9" DBH (diameter at breast height)
To determine DBH (diameter at breast height):
First, measure around the tree at 4 1/2 ft. above ground level to determine the circumference.
Then, divide the circumference by 3.14 to determine the diameter. If the diameter is greater than 7.9", a tree removal permit is required.
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The City of Boiling Spring Lakes is home to the red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW), which is currently listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The RCW primarily inhabits longleaf pine forests, which comprise much of the landscape within the City.
If you are requesting to remove any pine trees larger than 7.9" DBH, please check the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Classification List below. In addition to obtaining City approval, if your parcel falls within the blue or red classification, a letter from U.S. Fish & Wildlife is also required. You will need your property parcel number when searching the list. Parcel numbers can be found at Brunswick County GIS. Once you determine your parcel number, please check the following parcel classification list:
USFWS Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Parcel Classification List
If your parcel falls within the blue or red parcel classification, you will, in addition to submitting the City's Tree Removal Application, be required to submit an application for USFWS. The application must be accompanied by a basal area spreadsheet, indicating the total number of pines on the property that are 8" DBH and larger, as well as the total number of pines 8" DBH and larger for which you are requesting a permit. In addition to the basal area spreadsheet, a site plan is required, showing the location of the pines 8" DBH and larger for which you are requesting a permit, in relation to all existing and proposed structures on the property. USFWS information and application documents can be found at the following links:
USFWS - Information Sheet & Color Zone Protocol
USFWS Blank Map Site Plan Sheet
USFWS Basal Area Spreadsheet
~Turnaround time for tree removal applications for parcels located within the green USFWS classification is up to seven (7) days. For parcels located within the blue or red USFWS classification, the turnaround time is approximately fourteen (14) days~
~Please make certain all trees for which a permit is being requested are flagged prior to inspection~