Thursday, January 7, 2016

City of Alpharetta Tree Ordinance, Tree Removal Permit & Arborist Information

If you live in Alpharetta Georgia you must adhere to the following guidelines when you need to remove your tree(s):

City of Alpharetta Tree Removal Process

We advise hiring an Alpharetta arborist to manage your tree removal. However, the 3 steps below are a simplified version of the Alpharetta Tree Ordinance and process for Alpharetta residents to remove any unwanted, dead, diseased or hazardous trees:

1. A completed City of Alpharetta tree removal application must be submitted to the City Arborist at

2. The tree(s) that are to be removed should be measured using DBH (Diamater at Breast Height)

3. Deliver a sketch of your property, including structures and driveways. Include locations and numbers of the trees to be removed. Also the trees must be marked for easy inspection by the City Arborist.

The City Arborist office is located in the Community Development Division of Alpharetta City Hall.

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Alpharetta City Hall

2 Park Plaza

Alpharetta, Georgia 30009
Phone: 678-297-6000

Alpharetta Emergency Tree Removal Ordinance

When a resident faces an emergency tree removal situation in Alpharetta, it is handled by the Arborist division on a case-by-case basis. If disaster strikes and you have a tree emergency, contact the Alpharetta Arborist as soon as possible.

City of Alpharetta Arborist
David Shostak
Phone: 678-297-6229
Fax: 678-297-6071

If the emergency occurs during non-business hours, leave the Arborist a voice message, fax, or email. Document and take photos of the tree emergency and all damage. Submit the completed application and supporting documentation by the next business day.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Local Christmas Tree Recycling Programs

As you gear up for the holidays you purchase and decorate your Christmas tree. During the holidays your Christmas tree provides visual pleasure, adds to your holiday cheer and is the centerpiece of your home.
Then after the season is over, it’s time to dispose of your tree. A great question you probably have is, “How can I dispose of my Christmas tree in an easy and environmentally friendly way?”
Across the U.S. many municipalities and local Christmas tree farms have a Christmas tree recycling program. The cities and farms generally have various Christmas tree drop-off locations, making this convenient for their residents. Local fire stations and conveniently placed retailers like Home Depot are oftentimes the drop-off locations.
When the trees are dropped-off they are usually chipped and turned into organic mulch that can be re-used. This not only saves dwindling landfill space, but also provides a simple and environmentally conscious means of disposal. As an added benefit, you may be able to coordinate free mulch delivery if you make a request to the disposal vendor.
Christmas tree farmers plant thousands of trees that add cheer to our holidays, but dumping these trees just adds to the waste in our overflowing landfills. An easier and many times more convenient solution is to participate in your local Christmas tree recycling program.
Contact your local government or a local tree farm to find out the nearest Christmas Tree recycling drop-off location. Happy Holidays!