Special Trees


DDOT shall permit, plan, and maintain the District's street tree population. (DDOT Establishment Act, D.C. Code §8-651.01 et seq., §50-921.01 et seq.)

FAQ: What is a special tree?

A special tree is any tree with a circumference of 55 inches or more. (D.C. Code §8-651.02).

Special Trees v. Street Trees Chart

Procedures & Services

No one shall remove a special tree from either public space or private property without receiving a Special Tree Removal Permit from DDOT. All public space permit applications should be submitted and processed through DDOT's Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS)

How to Obtain and Apply for a Special Tree Removal Permit

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PDF File How to Obtain a Special Tree Permit.pdf

26 Mar, 2022 by James Graham

PDF File Street Tree vs Special Tree FAQ.pdf

26 Mar, 2022 by James Graham