In September of 2018, Council approved a new tree preservation ordinance for the City of League City in an effort to protect more trees and preserve the City’s canopy. The ordinance contains three sections: Tree preservation/mitigation, tree maintenance, and street trees. The following are some of the changes included in the City’s new ordinance:
Protected trees must meet the minimum caliper inches for species and be on the protected tree list:
- Small trees are protected at 6 caliper* inches and larger. (*Caliper inches= tree diameter)
- Large trees are protected at 12 caliper inches and larger.
- The previous protected tree list has been expanded and updated to include more species.
- An exemption has been added for legally conforming, single-family residents. Residents no longer need a permit to remove trees on their property.
Protection of significant trees:
- Oak or pecan trees that measure 38 caliper inches and larger may not be removed.
- An appeal process to remove these trees has been included.
Invasive species removal credit:
- Credits may apply to offset mitigation requirements (must be species on the Invasive species list).
- Addition of standards/regulations for pruning for street, sidewalk, and intersection clearance.
- Regulations for the removal of dead/diseased trees on private property.
- Standards for maintenance of trees in the City’s right-of-way.
- Addition of a minimum distance from streets/curbs, utilities, etc.
- Addition of root barrier installation requirements.
- Addition of a street tree list with approved species for small planting areas.
For specific questions about the new ordinance, or for more tree-related information, you can contact the City Arborist, Heather McKnight, by phone 281-554-1441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the Tree Preservation Ordinance.