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Adopted Tree Policy and Local Laws

On November 18, 2021, the Town Board approved revisions to the Town’s Tree Policy and two tree-related local laws concerning tree preservation and tree removal. Again, on July 11, 2023, the Town Board approved additional amendments to the Tree Policy. These efforts included significant public participation and were designed to, among other things, preserve trees, increase the tree canopy cover, clarify provisions and ensure that the right types of trees are planted in the right places.

We sincerely thank the members of the North Hempstead community for their contributions to these important documents.

Updated Tree Policy
This policy expands on the original tree policy with its notice and objection to removal processes (Category 2), together with provisions to address sidewalk district projects (Category 1), a process for right-of-way tree removal by permit applicants (Category 3), guidelines for tree removal in connection with tree roots infiltrating a house sewer connection (Category 4), a tree planting/replanting policy that takes into consideration tree diversity, Emerald Ash Borer and tree canopy deficient locations (Section V), establishes a preferred Street Tree List with several native species (Section VI, and includes tree management practices (Section VII).

Town Code Section 2-9(T)

Section 2-9(T) of the Town Code governs tree removal when removal is sought in connection with another activity in which a building permit is required.  For example, tree removal associated with construction of a new dwelling.  

Town Code Chapter 20A

Chapter 20A of the Town Code governs tree removal: (a) in the public right-of-way; and (b) from the front yard of private property when not in connection with an activity that requires a building permit.    

Meet the Tree Committee Click Here

Removal Notices Click Here

Planting Notices Click Here