Do I have to obtain a permit to cut down a tree on my property?
Homeowners are required to obtain a tree removal permit to remove a tree that is located in a required Zoning Buffer, Conservation Area, Open Space, Chattahoochee River Corridor or designated Tree Save Area; or if the tree is a specimen tree (see below). If the tree is located outside of the previously mentioned areas, the homeowner can remove a tree from their property without a permit; however, property owners are required to keep at least two (2) live trees and any specimen trees.
How do I apply for a tree removal permit?
Submit or download the tree removal permit application using the links below. Your request should include documentation showing the location, species, and approximate size of all existing trees noting the trees to be removed. You can submit the application online or email it to email@example.com.
Is there any cost for obtaining a tree removal permit?There is no fee for a tree removal permit. The only associated cost is when you have tree recompense mitigation requirements for removal of a landmark/specimen tree.
How do I find out if I have a Buffer, Conservation or Open Space, or Tree Save Area on my property?
The information regarding buffers is shown on your plat; you will need to obtain a copy of the Final Plat for your subdivision, which can be obtained on Gwinnett County’s website or the Deed Records Office of the Clerk of Superior Court, Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia, (phone 770-822-8150). There is a charge for copies.
How do I find out if I live in the Chattahoochee River Corridor?
For more information regarding the River Corridor please email Seth Yurman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 470-395-7022.
What is a specimen tree?
- Any hardwood tree 28 inches or larger in diameter is considered a specimen tree (a hardwood tree loses its leaves in the winter, and a tree that is green all year, such as a pine tree, is considered a softwood tree.)
- Any softwood tree 30 inches or larger in diameter is considered a specimen tree.
- A native flowering tree 12 inches or larger in diameter is considered a specimen tree (such as a dogwood).
The diameter of a tree is measured at 4.5 feet above the ground.
Can I remove a specimen tree that is located on my residential property?
Property Owners should contact the Community Development Department at 678-691-1200 prior to removal. If the tree is healthy, we recommend you consult with an arborist or urban forester for information about proper pruning and care. Certified arborists can be found at www.isa-arbor.com .
What if the tree is dead, fallen or dying and it is located in a Buffer, Open Space, Conservation Space, Chattahoochee River Corridor, or Tree Save Area?
Contact your Property Owners Association for tree removal and consult the protective covenants for your subdivision. Peachtree Corners does not enforce Protective Covenants. If the tree is located in the Chattahoochee River Corridor and it is dead, it may be removed manually after receiving a permit (no motorized vehicles). The stump must remain intact.
What do I do if a street tree has fallen which originated in the street right-of-way?
Contact the City of Peachtree Corners Public Works Department for all fallen trees on city streets, or for assistance with County or State Roads call 678-691-1200. For the Gwinnett Department of Transportation, call 770-822-7400, and for the Georgia Department of Transportation, call 404-656-5267.
Need to cut down a tree? You may need a permit. Please see our "Tree Removal Information (Homeowners)" guide in the Forms section below, or contact our Land Development Inspector at 770-609-8820 or email@example.com.
Forms with links that are preceded by a PDF icon ( ) may be downloaded as a PDF, displayed, and filled in using Acrobat Reader, which can be installed using the link at the bottom of this page. Some web browsers may support or be configured to display PDFs and accept form field input within the browser. Consult your web browser's user guide for more information.
Forms with links not preceded by a PDF icon may either be submitted online, or downloaded as a PDF using the "Download Original" button at the bottom of the form.
Tree Removal Information (Homeowners) - general guidance on removing trees from a residential property.
Tree Removal Application (1-3 trees) - a request to remove any tree from a commercial property or for any specimen tree or any tree in a buffer, the river corridor or a required zoning buffer from residential property (for 1-3 trees).
Tree Removal Application (4 or more trees) - a request to remove any tree from a commercial property or for any specimen tree or any tree in a buffer, the river corridor or a required zoning buffer from residential property (for 4 or more trees).
Property Maintenance Code - regulations that apply to all existing structures and premises in the City of Peachtree Corners and are intended to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare of occupants and maintainers.
Residential Individual Lot Site Plan Requirements - checklist of required items to be included for the development or redevelopment of a single residential lot.
2,000-Foot River Corridor Information - information for all property owners that live within the River Corridor.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Interactive Flood Map enables you to access the current and proposed Peachtree Corners floodplains via a dynamic online map. The system allows you to search an address and determine if the property could be threatened by future floods.
Once a popular garden plant, English Ivy (Hedera helix) is an exotic invasive plant that is taking over and replacing our native flora, threatening the health of our trees, and creating environmental havoc. Property owners are responsible for the health and maintenance of all their trees.
Streams and CreeksResidents are responsible for the care and maintenance of streams and stream buffers on their property.
Protecting our streams, reducing pollution, and protecting the flora and fauna in the streams are among the City’s priorities. Stormwater regulations address treating stormwater at its source, reducing the amount of stormwater runoff and infiltrating stormwater back into the groundwater system.
For more information, please visit our Stormwater page under Public Works.
Click to see ten things you can do to help prevent Stormwater damage
- Never dump anything on the street, down a storm drain or in a drainage ditch.
- Scoop up after your pet, and dispose of it in the trash.
- Compost grass clippings and leaves, or bag them for curbside collection - please don't blow them into the street.
- Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly. Don't apply them on paved areas.
- Check your vehicles for leaks and repair them if needed.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle cleaning and maintenance chemicals used at home.
- Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.
- Put litter in its place.
- Wash cars at a commercial car wash or on a grassy area - not your driveway.
- Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent stormwater pollution - a little education goes a long way.
Sewer Maintenance and New Sewer Lines
Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources maintains the sewer system in Peachtree Corners. If you are experiencing problems with your sewer line (blockages etc.), or if your property has a septic tank and you would like to connect to the sewer system, contact the Department at:
Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
684 Winder Highway
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Septic System 101
- Homeowners - do you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system?
- Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home?
- Did you know that you should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank?
If your home has a septic system, be sure to keep it maintained and working properly. Here's information from Clean Water Campaign for septic system maintenance .
Click to see the top four things you can do to protect your septic system
- Regularly inspect your system and pump your tank as necessary.
- Use water efficiently.
- Do not dispose of household hazardous wastes in the sinks or toilets.
- Care for your drainfield.
Read more in the Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems