Tree Removal Information and Permitting

The Destin City Council recently passed an ordinance aimed at preserving Destin's tree canopy and encouraging the planting of trees throughout the city. Ordinance 17-23-LC provides regulations for the removal of trees in the city of Destin. View the ordinance here. To remove a tree, you must apply for a tree removal permit from Community Development. View Resolution 18-02, which sets the fines for violations of the Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance.
RESOLUTION 18-02
SECTION 1. FINES. Standard fines for persons who are convicted of causing intentional injury or harm to any protected tree on private or public property or on public rights of way will be required to make restitution to the city in the following amounts:
$100.00 for each tree 1.0 – 1.9 inches DBH
$500.00 for each tree 2.0 – 4.9 inches DBH
$1,000.00 for each tree 5.0 – 9.9 inches DBH
$2,000.00 for each tree 10.0 – 14.9 inches DBH
$3,000.00 for each tree 15.0 – 19.9 inches DBH
$10,000.00 for each tree 20.0 – 29.9 inches DBH
$20,000.00 for each tree 30.0 plus inches DBH
RESOLUTION 18-02
SECTION 2. MITIGATION FEES. When the city arborist gives approval for removal of trees on private or public property or public right of way, the person requesting such approval will be required to make payments to the city as follows:
$50.00 for each tree 1.0 – 1.9 inches DBH
$250.00 for each tree 2.0 – 4.9 inches DBH
$500.00 for each tree 5.0 – 9.9 inches DBH
$1,000.00 for each tree 10.0 – 14.9 inches DBH
$1,500.00 for each tree 15.0 – 19.9 inches DBH
$5,000.00 for each tree 20.0 – 29.9 inches DBH
$10,000 for each tree 30.0 plus inches DBH