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P.O. Box 1827
Mobile, AL 36633-1827

Physical Address:
Downtown Office
205 Government St.
South Tower, 3rd Floor
Mobile, AL 36644
Phone: (251) 208-7198
Fax: (251) 208-7896


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Urban Forestry and Safety

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Arboriculture
Commercial Permitting Process (pdf)
Contacts
Development
Landscaping and Tree Ordinance (located within the Zoning Ordinance)
Forms and Applications
Frequently Asked Questions
General Information
Mobile Tree Commission
Staff Information
Location and Driving Directions and Map
Office Business Hours
Permit Fees
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General Information

In 1992, the Zoning Ordinance was amended to include landscaping, tree planting and protection requirements. The Tree Planting and Protection requirements were administered and enforced by the Urban Forestry Department. In 1997, Urban Forestry joined the Urban Development Department, further illustrating the City’s commitment to efficiency and effectiveness.

The responsibilities of the Urban Forestry and Safety Section can be divided into three categories: (1) arboriculture; (2) Mobile Tree Commission; and (3) development.


Arboriculture

The Urban Forestry Section is responsible for the maintenance of trees on City property, including but not limited to rights-of-way, public parks and cemeteries. This includes trimming, deadwooding, tree removal and other routine maintenance. All work is done by professional arborists employed by Urban Forestry, no outside contractors are involved.

In an effort to ensure public safety for the citizens of Mobile, Urban Forestry also responds to requests for emergency tree removals, as well as keeping roads clear prior to and after storms and hurricanes.


Development

In the area of development, the Urban Forestry Section reviews site plans for all multi-family, commercial and industrial sites for compliance with the Tree Planting and Protection and Landscaping requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. This review process includes inspections of these sites for compliance with the approved plans. Also reviewed are permit applications for the removal/trimming of trees on residential and commercial property. Urban Forestry has authority over trees in historic areas, undeveloped R-1 property, and on properties zoned R-3 – I-1 and all City owned property.

Any questions you have about the Tree and Landscaping Ordinance, permits for tree removal/trimming or applications to the Tree Commission can readily be answered by calling the Department at (251) 208-7091 or e-mailing us at forestry@cityofmobile.org.

Call before you cut!!
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Staff Information

Ron Jackson
Ron Jackson
Deputy Director of Urban Forestry
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David Daughenbaugh
Theresa Jernigan
David Daughenbaugh
Urban Forestry Coordinator
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Theresa Jernigan
Secretary II

Gerald McCants
Gerald McCants
Public Service Supervisor II


Location

Government Plaza Building
205 Government Street
3rd Floor, South Tower
Mobile, AL 36644
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Driving Directions and Map

Go south on I-65 South
Merge onto I-10 East
Continue East take exit number 26B, Water Street
Turn left onto US-90/US-98 Government Street
Government Plaza is on the Southeast corner of Government Street and Joachim Street.
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Contacts

Contact Information

Staff

Phone Number
E-mail
Ron Jackson
Deputy Director of Urban Forestry
(251) 208-7091 forestry@cityofmobile.org
David Daughenbaugh (251) 208-7091 forestry@cityofmobile.org
Gerard McCants
Public Service Supervisor II
(251) 342-1741  
Theresa Jernigan
Secretary II
(251) 208-7091 forestry@cityofmobile.org
Fax Number
Urban Forestry Fax (251) 208-7896  

Please report any possible violations to the City Action Center at (251) 208-7999.
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Office Business Hours

7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Staff hours for telephone contact purposes: 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
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Frequently Asked Questions

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When do I need a permit for trimming or removing trees on my property?
Can I remove a tree between the sidewalk and street in front of my house or business?
Under State Law (1961 Ordinance), how do I obtain a permit to remove or trim a tree?
How do I obtain a permit to trim a tree on my own property?
Will the City assist a citizen with tree trimming or removal on private property?
When and where does the Mobile Tree Commission meet?
I have a dead tree in front of my house on City property, who should I contact?
A tree is down in the street, who should I contact?
I have questions about construction, who should I call?
Someone or something is damaging a City tree, who should I contact?
I would like to plant a tree on City property, who should I contact?

  • When do I need a permit for trimming or removing trees on my property?

    As mandated by the 1992 Tree Ordinance, a permit is required as follows:
    1. If you live in a Historic District.
    2. If it is R-1 undeveloped property.
    3. If your R-3 business or industry has been built since 1992.
    4. If you were required under a Board of Adjustment or Planning Commission decision.
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  • Can I remove a tree between the sidewalk and street in front of my house or business?

    No, these trees belong to the City of Mobile and are protected by the 1961 State Law.
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  • Under State Law (1961 Ordinance), how do I obtain a permit to remove or trim a tree?

    A permit may be obtained by applying to the Urban Development Department, Urban Forestry Section, at telephone number (251) 208-7091.
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  • How do I obtain a permit to trim a tree on my own property?

    By applying for a permit with the Urban Development Department, Urban Forestry Section, telephone number (251) 208-7091, a permit may be obtained.
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  • Will the City assist a citizen with tree trimming or removal on private property?

    No, the City cannot assist a citizen with tree trimming or removal on private property.
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  • When and where does the Mobile Tree Commission meet?

    The Mobile Tree Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Government Plaza in the Pre-Council Chamber at 5:30 PM.
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  • I have a dead tree in front of my house on City property, who should I contact?

    The City of Mobile Action Center should be contacted at (251) 208-7999.
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  • A tree is down in the street, who should I contact?

    The City of Mobile Action Center should be contacted at (251) 208-7999.
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  • I have questions about construction, who should I call?

    Contact Urban Forestry at (251) 208-7091 with questions concerning construction.
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  • Someone or something is damaging a City tree, who should I contact?

    The City of Mobile Action Center should be contacted at (251) 208-7999.
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  • I would like to plant a tree on City property, who should I contact?

    The City of Mobile Action Center should be contacted at (251) 208-7999.
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Permit Fees

There is a $30.00 fee per tree for permits to trim, remove and/or relocate trees on private property. (Click for Application (pdf))
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