In unincorporated Cobb County Georgia, the location of your tree and density factor determines whether you need a permit before removing a tree. Outlined below are the details and information regarding the Cobb County tree ordinance articles, and process to acquire a tree removal (“land disturbance”) permit.
*As a service to our clients, we can handle the permit process on your behalf.
Cobb County Removal Permit Process
The Cobb County Community Development Agency enforces the tree protection ordinance. Land disturbance activities (residential subdivisions, commercial development, fill/site grading, etc.) other than “minor landscaping” require a land use site-plan review. The Community Development Agency staff evaluates the scope of a project, and advises whether a land disturbance permit is required.
*Some cases may not require a permit to remove a tree, but we suggest contacting the Cobb Development Agency (770) 528-2147 when unsure of the situation.
Cobb County Tree Ordinance
If you are doing major land work and plan to remove trees, you must submit a plan to replant trees in the place of those being removed. Unless there is documentation of economic hardship, dead, dying, diseased or hazardous trees, trees may not be removed from protected zones. The tree ordinance requires a total site density factor of no less than 15 units per acre. In contacting the county Development agency, they can assess the need to file for a permit before removing a tree.
Issuance of Tree Removal Permit
Permits are issued once site-plans have been submitted, reviewed and approved by Cobb County.
Site Plan Review
Click the link for more information about the Cobb County Tree Ordinance Statutes and permitting process.
Dead Tree – Responsibility for Removal
Dead trees are not allowed to exist on any premises which are hazardous to persons on adjacent property. A registered forester or certified arborist can determine whether a tree is in danger of falling due to the death of the tree. In the event the tree is found to be hazardous by the registered forester or certified arborist, the property owner shall be responsible for 50 percent of the cost of such registered forester or certified arborist.
Complaints and Ordinance Code Violations
The code department is responsible for enforcing Cobb County ordinances. The Department will address any person that violates any provisions of articles
Code Enforcement Manager
Other Ordinance and Permit Information
If your property is located in another jurisdiction, visit our ordinance and permit list.