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This is a private and civil matter between property owners. Please discuss this with your neighbor.
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ANSWER (a): If you live in a neighborhood with a Home Owners Association, you do not need Town approval, only Home Owners Association approval. The only exception is if it is a street tree or a tree located on an undeveloped lot, then you will need Town approval. First contact to the Town with a Pre-application conference and then a formal application made to the town by the Home Owners Association. If the property is not part of a developed subdivision, or received site plan approval with conditions related to vegetation removal, please contact Natural Resources for more information.
ANSWER (b): If you do not live in a neighborhood with a Home Owners Association or live in an older neighborhood (see list below), you do not need town approval to remove a tree if it is located on a developed lot. These older neighborhoods are exempt since there were not approvals that required a minimum amount of landscaping. If the property is not part of a developed subdivision, or received site plan approval with conditions related to vegetation removal, please contact Natural Resources for more information.
These older neighborhoods are: Pine Gardens North, Pine Gardens South, East View Manor,Jupiter River Estates, Penn Park, Brentwood North, Brentwood South, Riverside Drive Park, Olympus, North Palm Beach Heights, Most streets north/south of Center Street.
You will need a permit from State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection or a certified mangrove trimmer to trim mangroves. This is regulated by State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Contact them at their local # in WPB at 561-681-6600.
These properties require a Vegetation Removal permit for Commercial, Multi-family and Industrial. If modifying landscaping - say a few plant switch outs with other plants, then a zoning determination letter requesting the changes. If they are doing a significant amount of change in the landscaping, they will need to submit a new landscape plan with a site plan amendment fee and a letter of request. Contact Planning & Zoning at 741-2323.