Tree Removal and Planting Guidelines
Residential and Commercial Properties
The City of Weston has a very strict Tree Preservation Ordinance in place to maintain the look and feel of Weston's landscaped environment and to encourage the development of a tree canopy throughout the City.
The Tree Preservation Ordinance, City Ordinance, Chapter 122, was adopted to perpetuate the protection, preservation and conservation of existing trees, natural areas, and landscaped open space as an effective means of conserving energy and to preserve trees to improve the aesthetic quality of the City thereby promoting the health and general welfare of the community.
The City's tree canopy is protected via the permitting process for tree removal. In the evaluation of a Tree Removal permit, priority is given to protected trees for the preservation or relocation, replacement, and/or payment into the Weston Tree Trust Account. Every effort is made to preserve and maintain natural vegetation within the City as identified in the City's Comprehensive Plan.
Trees in the Swale
Trees located in the swale or on Homeowners Association (HOA) property cannot be removed without a City permit. This refers to any tree located between the sidewalk and the street, regardless of the size of the trunk width.
Landscape Maintenance Inside Gated or Private Communities
The Homeowners Association (HOA) maintains all of the infrastructure, roadways and landscaping within your private community. For any maintenance or landscaping issues within your community, please contact your association.
The City does maintain a majority of the water bodies/lakes inside the communities, though some are privately owned. For questions or concerns on lake maintenance, please call 954-385-2600.
Need a tree removal permit or unsure if a permit is required to remove a tree on your residential property?
Please contact the City's Tree Preservation Code Administrator, Bill Tesauro at 954-266-6489 or via email to discuss the specific issue on your property.
All tree/palm trimming, removal, relocations, and root pruning not done by the homeowner themselves, must be done by a City of Weston registered tree service provider in accordance to City Code Chapter 122.
Landscaping of Commercial Properties
Landscaping must match the original, approved site plan.
Call the City Tree Preservation Code Administrator, Bill Tesauro at 954-266-6489 for any changes or removal requests.
Call 811 Before You Dig on Your Property
If you are planning a project on your property that involves digging, such as installing a mailbox, fences, planting trees, etc, you are encouraged to call 811 a few days before you start to make sure you do it safely. Utility companies will mark buried lines so that you can dig safely around them. Visit Call811.com for details.
City of Weston Landscaping Forms and Documents
- Recommended Residential Tree List (PDF)
- Tree Services / Certified Arborist List
- Tree Services / Arborist Annual Registration Form (PDF)