Roadside Tree Permit: Homeowner or Individual Project
General Info - Statewide Permit
Roadside Tree Project permits are issued for a specific tree or group of trees for specific tree care operations. 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 in whole 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 COUNTY IN WHICH THE WORK IS TO TAKE PLACE. Click here to find the contact information for each county office. For questions about your project permit, please contact your local county office. Projects in Montgomery County require an additional permit issued by the county.
$0.00 - $25.00
Obtaining the Permit
Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
A site plan may be required.
Submit applications to the county office where the work is to occur.
Apply for the Permit
Download the application .PDF file
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)
If the work is not completed within 1 year, a new permit and inspection is required.
Why the Permit is 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.
What laws and regulations give Department of Natural Resources the legal authority to issue this approval?
Natural Resources Article §5-401 to 5-423, Annotated Code of Maryland