Q. Are any permits required to cut down trees on my property? How big of trees can I cut down without notifying anyone?
A. That depends where you live.
If you live in Wilmington, you must obtain a permit before cutting down trees unless you live on a single-family, residentially-zoned lot that is less than 2 acres and contains a single-family residence, said city zoning inspector Steve Sattler. That means if you live in a duplex, you must get a tree removal permit before cutting anything down.
If you have questions about whether you need a permit and how to pursue one, call the city’s zoning office at 254-0900.
Now, if you live in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County, any residential lot more than 1 acre in size needs a permit before removing any size tree, and all commercially-zoned lots are required to have a permit, said Linda Painter, a county zoning compliance official.
Call 798-7116 with questions about your unincorporated property.
If you live in other counties, give the local zoning office a call and ask them whether you need a permit.
Date posted: August 21, 2012
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