The urban forest, comprised of trees on private property, rights of way and parks throughout the City, is a valuable asset and resource. The City of St. Petersburg employs an urban forester who implements the tree protection regulations, as well as tree maintenance crews who trim and remove trees as needed. For its commitment to preserving and enhancing the urban forest, the City of St. Petersburg has been awarded the Tree City USA award for 27 consecutive years, from 1986 to 2012.
This section of the Development Services web site provides information about the identification, value and maintenance of trees and the City's regulations related to trees.
Effective 12/18/14, City Council amended the minimum landscaping requirements and the tree protection standards, establishing Grand Tree protection standards; Ordinance 149-H.
What is a Grand Tree?
Any tree which is 30 inches in diameter dbh (as measured 4 1/2 feet above ground) or larger on the following list, with the exception of Laurel Oaks. Typically, only Live Oaks will grow to this size and be affected by this new code provision. Grand Trees are afforded a higher level of protection, and need to be preserved. For more information, click here.
How does this affect my proposed development?