Zoning - Landscape
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|A tree on a neighboring property is impacting my property. Are there any regulations concerning trees too close to property lines? |
There are no regulations requiring trees to be set back a
certain distance from property lines. This situation is typically a civil matter
between the involved parties.
|Are there regulations to replacing landscaping damaged during a hurricane? |
Yes, see the Zoning Web Page for updates on Board of County Commissioners' direction on how to address damaged landscape.
|Can I remove existing trees from my property? |
All multi-family and commercial sites are required to have a Tree Removal and Replacement permit to remove trees. Single-family developments must have a permit to remove perimeter buffer and common area trees. Visit the PZB, Landscape Section web page for more information.
|Can I trim my trees? |
Trees must have a 20-foot canopy prior to trimming. Branches no larger than 1 inch in diameter may be cut when shaping, no more than 25 percent of the canopy may be removed in a one-year period. Hat-racking violators may be fined $250 per tree and/or trees replaced, refer to ULDC Article 7, Landscape.
|Can trees be planted in the Right-of-Way? |
Street trees and any other planting within the right-of-way shall be approved and inspected by Engineering Staff. Refer to Engineering Streetscape
|Can trees be planted in utility easements? |
You must have written permission from the utility holder(s) to plant within the utility easement. The Landscape Inspectors of the Zoning Division maintain/keep records of the executed release agreements by the Utility holders.
|Do I need a permit to clear my property? |
A vegetation removal permit issued by
Department of Environmental Resources Management
561-233-2400 is required for all commercial or multi-family sites and single-family residences on 2½ acres and or larger. Single-family residences on less than 2½ acres require only a valid building permit to clearA vegetation removal permit issued by
Department of Environmental Resources Management 561-233-2400 is required for all commercial or multi-family sites and single-family residences on 2½ acres and or larger. Single-family residences on less than 2½ acres require only a valid building permit to clear.
|How can I determine what type of landscaping is allowed? |
Select 'Plant Information' topic in Zoning Web Page/ezInfo and follow the prompts also, use the Property Information to determine if there are any zoning resolutions applicable to the parcel, as the resolutions may contain conditions regarding the required landscaping.
|How do I find out what landscape was required for my property? |
Provide either the Building permit number, a Zoning application number, an address or a Property Control Number for the site to the Zoning Division or the Records Section so staff can assist with the research.
|How do I get approval of an Alternative Landscape Plan (ALP)? |
When an ALP is required, the applicant shall come in for an Agency Review pre-application meeting on Tuesday and Thursday between 9 am and 12 pm (except for the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month.) Two copies and an electronic copy of the ALP along with an Alternative Landscape Supplemental Application Form shall be provided to the Administrative Amendment/Public Information (AR/PI) Section.
ALP review is coordinated between the AR/PI Section and the Landscape Section. AR/PI Section Staff reviews the ALP with the Final DRO plan for consistency while the Landscape Section reviews the plan for compliance with the Landscape Code. Staff encourages the applicant to coordinate a meeting with the Landscape Section to review the request, prior to submittal to the AR/PI Section.
The initial meeting will assist staff and the applicant to identify the issues and discuss what the final ALP should include (such as notations and graphics). To make an appointment with the Landscape Section, please call 561-233-5037.
|How do I schedule a Landscape Inspection? |
Please call 561-355-2222 and enter code 503 to schedule a landscape inspection. If you have problems or questions, please contact the Landscape Section at 561-233-5037.
|How many trees do I need on my property to comply with the Landscape Code? |
For residential lots: one tree per 1,250 sq. ft. of gross lot area to a maximum of 15 trees in the U/S Tier, 1 tree per 1,000 sf to a maximum of 30 trees in the AGR and Glades Tier and 1 tree per 800 sf to a maximum of 30 trees in the Exurban and Rural Tiers. Commercial sites are required one tree for 2,000 sq. ft. of gross lot area, pursuant to Article 7, Table 7.C.3.-1 - Minimum Tier Requirements.
|What are controlled species? |
Trees that are allowed in limited quantity and contingent on locations. Black Olive trees shall not be planted within 15-feet of any parking area. No more than 10 percent of required trees shall be Ficus and shall not be located within 30-feet from any structure or utility. Silk oak and rosewood shall not be planted within 500-feet of a preserve area.
|What are the penalties for illegal removal of trees?|
The permit fees are tripled and replacement for any trees removed is required.
|What is a Landscape Permit, and why is it necessary? |
A Landscape Permit is a Development Order issued by the Zoning Department, during the Building Permit review to insure the installation, inspection and maintenance of the required landscape materials is done in accordance with the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) requirements and/or Board of County Commission Conditions of Approval.
|What is the maximum height of hedges for a single family residence? |
For single-family residences 4-feet in the required front yard, 8-feet in the required sides and rear.
|What trees are prohibited on my property at the time of construction pursuant to the Landscape Code? |
Australian Pine, Brazilian Pepper, Melaleuca, Ear leaf Acacia, Schefflera and Carrotwood, pursuant to Article 14.C, must be removed from the property before construction begins.
|When is landscaping required to be installed on site? |
All landscaping is to be installed prior to Certificate of Occupancy.
|Where is type D curbing required?|
All landscape areas subject to vehicle encroachment. Wheel stops may be used for parking spaces refer to ULDC Article 7.G.2.E.1, Curbing.
|Who is a good landscaper/tree trimmer? |
We cannot recommend contractors, as it could be misconstrued as favoritism or become a conflict of interest.