Single Family Vegetation Removal Permit Process
Single family and duplex lot owners must apply for a vegetation removal permit on the following coastal islands: Gasparilla, Cayo Costa, Captiva, North Captiva, Buck Key, Lover’s Key Group of Islands, Black Island, Big Hickory, Little Hickory Islands (Bonita Beach), Fort Myers Beach, and Greater Pine Island. For Greater Pine Island only, a vegetation removal permit will be required only on parcels or lots zoned or used for residential purposes that are two acres in size or greater.
Single Family - LDC Section 14-377(c)(1) & (2)
There are two types of vegetation removal permit requirements for single family and duplex lots on coastal islands. The first requires review and approval as part of the issuance of a building permit. The second is for clearing of a lot prior to any building permit review.
- Removal of coconut palms and native trees requires a permit. No permits are required for removal of exotic species.
- No permit is required for the annual removal of five trees or less from any single family lot that already has an existing single family dwelling unit.
- Barricades that protect preserved vegetation are required.
- A completed Vegetation Removal Permit Application with fee payment
- A "Site Plan" that includes the following:
- Shape and dimensions of the lot or a boundary survey
- The location of the existing or proposed structure(s) and any other improvements (e.g. drain field, driveway, etc.)
- A tree location map or the most current 1"=200' aerial with the site delineated
- Any proposed changes in the grade (fill/excavation) of the land.
Staff must conduct a site inspection to verify the submitted site plan and to inspect barricades, if applicable. Staff must also review the site for protected plant and animal species.
The applicant must provide staff with transportation if the lot is on an unbridged island.
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