Northbrook, IL Tree Protection and Preservation Ordinance

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Northbrook, IL, US

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Type: Ordinance

Status: Adopted in 1999

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In 1999, the Village enacted a progressive Tree Preservation ordinance that has preserved over 12,000 trees on private property. The Tree Preservation Ordinance is intended to protect trees that are 6” or more in diameter. In some cases, reforestation is required for tree removal. Since the beginning of the Tree Preservation Ordinance, the Village has required over 6,000 new trees to be planted on private property. Tree Preservation has promoted and protected our urban forest and contributes to reduce CO2 emissions in our atmosphere.

Tree Preservation Forms and Information

Both of these actions have helped promote and protect our urban forest.

All trees located in any "required yard," which by Zoning code is set as the front, side or back yard, with a diameter equal to or greater than six inches (6") are protected in Northbrook by Northbrook’s Tree Preservation Ordinance passed on August 16, 1999. The ordinance further protects Landmark trees and established a new category of Heritage trees.

You MUST apply for a Tree Removal permit (no fee) and explain/justify the reason for the proposed removal of any protected tree.

If a permit is granted for the removal of a healthy Landmark tree, an inch for inch tree replacement or fee will be required.

When construction of any kind that will impact the trees on your property or in the public right of way is planned, please remember a few very important facts:

A permit application must be filled out any time construction is scheduled on your property.

Make sure there is one copy of the plat of survey attached to the tree preservation data sheet.

The plat of survey must show all trees 6-inches or larger in diameter at breast height (DBH) the proposed construction (for example: the area of a new addition, deck, patio, driveway, sidewalk or pool), and the planned construction access route.

Once the tree preservation fence is installed, it must remain in place and in good condition throughout the construction period.

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