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City of Decatur will temporarily stop requiring tree removal permits following storm

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City of Decatur will temporarily stop requiring tree removal permits following storm

Storm damage photo taken by Hans Utz in 2017. File photo used for illustration purposes
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Storm damage photo by Hans Utz

As cleanup following Tropical Storm Irma continues, the city is not requiring permits for tree removal for the next 30 days, with some stipulations.

“The city manager has issued a waiver consistent with the provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance Section 9.1.4 (C) (2) exempting tree permitting during and immediately after an emergency such as  Tropical Storm Irma,” the announcement from the city says. “The requirement to obtain tree removal permits for DEVELOPED commercial and residential properties is being waived for a period of 30 days until October 14, 2017.  New construction is not covered by this waiver. For homeowner occupied residential properties covered under the ‘no net loss of canopy requirement,’ required tree replacement will remain  on a one to one replacement  with six foot tall trees to be planted by December 31, 2019.”

Permitting for construction will not change, the city says.

“Permitting will continue as usual.  There are no waivers or changes related to Irma,” the city said. “However, Design, Environment & Construction Division will permit all Irma storm damage within 24-36 hours of permit submittal.  In addition, electrical inspections can be arranged same day if it is related to storm damage.”

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