Statewide Permit Detail
Blanket Roadside Tree Permit for Companies and Agencies
Before a roadside tree is trimmed or cared for in any way, a Tree Care Permit must be obtained from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service.
A roadside tree is any tree that grows all or in part within a public road right-of-way. A permit is also needed to plant a tree within the public road right-of-way. Completed Permits should be mailed to the office in the region in which the work is to take place (located on the form). Projects in Montgomery County require an addition permit issued by the county.
How to get your license?
Obtaining the License
Steps, requirements and documents
A site plan may be required.
How do I apply?
Apply or register
How do I maintain or renew my permit?
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal after 1 Year
You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your permit
If the work is not completed within 1 year, a new permit and inspection is required.
Why is this permit required?
This law and its regulations were developed to protect our roadside trees by ensuring their proper care and protection and to ensure their compatibility with an efficient and dependable public utility system.
Passed in 1914, this law and its regulations were developed to protect our roadside trees by ensuring their proper care and protection and to ensure their compatibility with an efficient and dependable public utility system. Any work (including the removal of a tree having a permit) performed on a street tree must be done by a Licensed Tree Care Expert. When tree care is performed on a roadside tree without a permit, a fine may be assessed or more severe actions taken by the Department of Natural Resources.