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Urban Forestry FAQ's

During normal business hours, please contact Mobile 311 at 251-208-5311 or though the online 311 portal. If it is an after-hours emergency (ex. tree blocking roadway), please contact the Mobile Police Department at 251-208-7211.

All trees located within the city right-of-way or on city-owned properties.

Urban Forestry staff responds to 311 requests for City tree removal, tree trimming, and stump removal.
Primary importance is placed on public safety and requests are prioritized accordingly.

Provided a permit is obtained from the Mobile Tree Commission, a properly certified, licensed and bonded arborist can perform this work. Additional details are included in the Tree Protection and Management chapter of the City of Mobile Code of Ordinances (section 65-9 – Tree trimming/removal companies).

Visit the Tree Trimming / Removal Permits page for details on permitting requests.

All trees located in the city right-of-way are considered public trees and require a permit from the Mobile Tree Commission before beginning any tree trimming or removal activities. On private property - outside of the city right-of-way - permit requirements vary depending on land use factors, historic district designation, and the type of tree in question.

Visit the Tree Trimming / Removal Permits page for details on permitting requirements.


Tree permit applications can be submitted online through the Customer Self Service (CSS) portal. Visit the Tree Trimming / Removal Permits page for additional details regarding he online submittal process.

There is a $75 per tree permit fee, with a cost cap of 3 trees for residential property ($225) and 9 trees
for commercial property ($675). Tree permit fees are payable through the online permit application

Any of the following list of trees which is at least eighteen (18) inches DBH: hickory (Carya spp.); longleaf
pine (Pinus palustris); magnolia (Magnolia spp.); oak (Quercus spp.), excluding water oak (Quercus
nigra); river birch (Betula nigra); sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua); sycamore (Platanus occidentalis);
and yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). In historic districts, heritage trees include the species
previously noted, but have a minimum size of at least eight (8) inches DBH.

A certified arborist is a highly seasoned professional - thoroughly experienced in the science of planting,
caring for, and maintaining trees - that has been certified by the International Society of Arboriculture

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has created an online tool to locate certified arborists in the area:

The City of Mobile has created on online tool called My Place, that allows users to search any address within the city to easily get information regarding Historic District status and other useful information. The My Place tool can be found here: