Tree-cutting laws in Florida vary from city to city, but all laws prohibit neighbours from entering private property without consent in order to cut or trim a tree. Tree-cutting laws are designed to protect the health of trees.
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If a tree in Florida is causing a threat to a neighbour's property, the city has the right to step in and ask the owner of the tree to fix the problem. Owners who refuse will have to pay a fine. Some cities in Florida also have the power to remove the tree without the owner's consent.
Under the guidelines of the Florida Statutes, Section 163.3209, utility companies do not need a permit to trim or cut trees that are disturbing services in the area, such as power lines. A five-day notification must be given to the local government within the area before any tree trimming can be done, unless the trimming needs to be done to restore services.
Some trees in Florida, like the mangrove, are protected under Florida law. Mangrove trees that are located on private land may be trimmed by the owners if no damage to the tree is done. Mangrove trees on public land cannot be trimmed or cut unless doing so will increase the safety and health of nearby residents.
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