Can I remove a tree?

Tree removal is not permitted without consultation with Planning Services staff. 

Tree Preservation Ordinance

The Tree Preservation Ordinance regulates the protection of trees and vegetation cover within the City of Grapevine, to encourage the protection of healthy trees and vegetation and to provide for the replacement and replanting of trees that are illegally removed from a developed or undeveloped property or are necessarily removed during construction, development, or redevelopment.

 Grapevine’s Tree Preservation Ordinance is Section 52, Tree Preservation of the Zoning Ordinance.

 Permit Information

Tree Preservation Application

Tree Removal Application

 Tree Removal without Permit 

 For trees removed from a property without a permit, the repayment amount for a replacement tree is calculated based on a schedule published annually by the City, which sets forth the average cost of a quality tree added to the average cost of planting a tree. The replacement cost per caliber inch for 2023 is $320.41 per caliper inch.* This fee was determined for the average cost of a 3-inch caliper native shade tree and tree planting costs.

No certificates of occupancy will be issued for a site until the required payment has been made to the Tree Reforestation Fund if work has proceeded without permit approval.

*This fee will be recalculated annually.

 Tree Diseases and Problems

Dutch Elm Disease


Hypoxylon Canker 

Emerald Ash Borer   

You can contact Planning Services Department for a consultation at 817.410.3155.

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1. What is my property zoned?
2. What uses does the zoning allow on my property?
3. What is a definition of high grass and weeds?
4. What is the definition of a junk vehicle?
5. Where can I park my boat / rv / trailer?
6. Can I place "House For Sale" signs on property other than my own?
7. What codes does the City enforce?
8. Is a permit required for a water heater replacement?
9. Is a permit required for a storage building?
10. Is a permit required for sidewalks, driveways, retaining walls and non-covered patios?
11. Does the City enforce ADA and / or State of Texas handicapped accessibility requirements?
12. Does the City perform energy code inspections?
13. What is the turn around time for building permits?
14. Are residential foundations required to be prepared by a Registered Engineer?
15. What work is exempt from permits?
16. Can I run a business from my home?
17. Can I sell items by the roadside?
18. Do I need a permit for a tent?
19. Can I have urban chickens?
20. Can I remove a tree?