How to go about legally removing a tree according to tree service experts of PA.
Pittsburgh is not as strict as some other parts of the United States.
Pittsburgh is famous for many things, including steel and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but it is not necessarily famous for its trees. The city government however is highly conscious of the need for urban forestry and has taken steps to preserve and expand the current tree population. While at this juncture there are no regulations in place for tree trimming or removal on private property, it is always best to know the rules that are in place.
Motivations for Tree Removal
In a heavily populated city, trees are an asset for any property owner looking to sell. Curb appeal and the shade provided by trees are highly desirable, so why might someone consider cutting down a tree? Well, unfortunately, there are several logical reasons to remove a tree.
- Tree Death: If the tree is dead or dying and beyond the point of saving, then it may be best to cut it down due to the danger to people and property. Dead trees can also attract unwanted pests like termites.
- Tree Disease or Infestation: Fungal parasites and certain types of bugs are often easy to spread from one tree to another in a neighborhood. If these cannot be cleared, chopping the tree may save several others.
- Dangerous Placement: Perhaps the tree is growing near power lines and cannot be safely trimmed, or a storm has damaged it and it could fall of its own accord and devastate a piece of property. These are common reasons for tree removal.
- New Construction/Landscaping: While new trees may be planted later, a new building or landscaping project often involves the removal of trees.
Pittsburgh Preservation Ordinances
The City of Pittsburgh has an active Shade Tree Commission and is very concerned about maintaining the current tree population and continuing to increase it. Any tree service work on publicly owned property must receive a written permit. This goes for anything from tree planting to tree trimming, pruning, removal, and replacement.
Which Trees Require a Permit?
The only trees that currently require a permit for removal are those on public property. This is not an invitation to cut down any tree on private property. It is important to verify that a tree is in fact on your property, especially if it is near the street where right-of-way may be in question.
How Do You Get a Permit?
Applications can be made online and cost $25 – application does not guarantee approval.
Should You Hire An Arborist?
Even though you may not need a permit to cut down a tree, it is still the wisest choice to hire a professional tree care specialist. There are many reasons not to put this on a Do-It-Yourself list, but here are a few of the most convincing:
- Know-How: A certified arborist has extensive experience with all types of tree care. They have been properly trained in tree risk assessment.
- Safety: The safety of customers, their property, and their employees is what these people look out for every day.
- Insurance: Should an accident happen, it will be taken care of.
- Tools: They have the proper equipment for the job and will not have to “make do” with what they have.
About Greater Pitt Tree Service
Greater Pitt Tree Service has been providing excellent tree care to the Greater Pittsburgh Area for more than a quarter-century. We are fully insured and offer 24/7 emergency service. Call today for a free estimate.