Roadside Tree Permit Application Forms
Must be printed and mailed with check.
Contact the Department of Natural Resources Forest Service office where you mailed the permit application for the status of permits and permit questions.
If you are a resident of Montgomery County, you will need to contact
Montgomery County Permits Office at (240) 777-6335 to obtain the
county’s roadside tree permit.
Commonly Asked Questions About the Roadside Tree Permit Process:
Q: How do I know if the tree is a roadside tree?
If the trunk of the tree is touching the road right-of-way then it is a
roadside tree. If you do not know where the right-of-way boundary is,
contact the state, county, or local road agency that maintains the
Q: Where should I send my permit application for processing?
applications the permit fee, and the site plan (if applicable) should
be sent to the Department of Natural Resources Forest Service in the
county where the work is being requested. For a listing of Department of
Natural Resources Forest Services offices, please refer to: County Map
Q: Where will I find the Ranger's final determination?
completing the on-site examination, the reviewing Ranger will approve or
deny the application. If approved, you will receive the permit via the
mail or email. If it is denied, you will receive a denial letter
explaining the reason and steps you can take to appeal.
Q: The Ranger has approved my application. What happens next?
A: You will
receive your permit by mail or email. Once you get permission from the
road right-of-way owner (State Highway Administration, county or local
department of transportation, etc.) to do the work listed on the permit,
you may begin the work.
Q: Who will do the tree care work?
There are a few options: 1) In some jurisdictions, a copy of the permit
will be provided by the department to the local public agency so that
the tree work will be added to their work roster and performed by that
jurisdiction. The Department of Natural Resources does not perform the
tree work or removals nor have any influence on the local jurisdiction's
work schedule. Specific questions regarding a jurisdiction's schedule
should be directed to that jurisdiction's public works office, not to
the Department of Natural Resources. 2) Once the homeowner has received
the permit and permission from the right-of-way owner, they may have the
qualified and Licensed Tree Expert (licensed by the Department of
Natural Resources) they hired to perform the approved tree care work.