Tree Removal

Black Eagle Tree Services is Your Local Tree Removal Expert

If you have a tree on your property that needs to be removed, our team of consulting arborists can guide you through the tree removal permit process, providing valuable information about the condition or issues concerning your tree, and safely removing it without any risks involved.

 Our ISA certified arborists are trained and equipped to safely remove any type of tree, regardless of its size, and make all the difference.

Tree Removal - Arborist doing his work

Reasons for Tree Removal:

 Although we are passionate for nature and trees, we understand that removal of trees sometimes is the last option available. Here are some reasons why you should consider removing trees from your property: 

  • You have a diseased, dying, or dead tree
  • Tree is leaning towards your property
  • It has outgrown its growth area
  • Branches have direct contact with roofs, windows, or power lines.
  • Roots are causing major disturbance to driveways and sidewalks.
  • Trees have been damaged by storms
  • Trees have cracks in the wood/trunk.
  • Loose or dead bark


Minimize Your Risks and Liabilities:

Removing trees in Florida are jobs that must be done by a local tree service company with all the proper credentials. Whatever the reason may be for you to cut down a tree, it should never be performed by you or a non-professional. Not only it is dangerous, but if one single thing goes bad, you could be in a heap of trouble. 

Protecting your property is something we take very seriously, and you can rest assured knowing that every time we remove trees, we provide a thorough cleanup of the site afterwards. 

Our tree care experts are well-versed in tree removal techniques that include carefully piecing branches and lowering tree limbs for proper and safe felling. Black Eagle Tree Services is fully equipped, licensed, and insured to perform residential and commercial tree services in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County FL.


Do I need a permit to cut down a tree in Hillsborough County?

Under the New Legislation, Hillsborough County property owners are required to obtain proper documentation from an ISA certified arborist that the tree poses a danger to the property, in order to grant them permit to remove the tree as they please. Dead and hazardous trees do not require a permit in unincorporated Hillsborough County, but retaining a picture or two is encouraged.

Tree permits are always required for the removal of healthy, non-dangerous trees on residential and non-residential properties for all tree species.

If you’re not sure what is considered a dead or hazardous tree, contact us! Our ISA certified arborist can evaluate your tree and explain the different options you have.

Do I need a permit to cut down a tree in Pinellas County?

Yes, residents of Pinellas County, FL must submit a permit application when trying to remove Grand, Significant, or Protected trees. However, every city has its own set of regulations on tree permits, and some of them don’t require a permit to remove for most tree species.

 Grand Tree – 30” DBH (diameter at breast height) or more, except Laurel Oaks.

Significant Tree – Large, old, or of historical significance in the community.

Protected Tree – 4” or larger DBH shade tree, and any 8” understory tree with larger DBH.

Permit applications for Incorporated municipalities: City of Clearwater, City of Dunedin, City of Largo, City of Oldsmar, City of Pinellas Park, City of Safety Harbor, City of St. Petersburg FL. We process all permit applications for our customers free of charge, including those that must be applied in person.

Contact us! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about tree removal permit applications in Pinellas County.

Are pine trees protected in Florida?

Yes. Pines trees and palm trees 6” DBH or larger are protected in most Florida counties.

Why are grand oak trees protected?

Grand oak trees provide a great aesthetic appeal to their habitat and their contribution to the ecosystem is significant. When a tree reaches grand oak status, it is one of the largest and oldest specimens of its kind throughout the Tampa bay area, and it has withstood decades of development, deforestation, windstorms and hurricanes, to prove it is one of the hardiest and sturdiest trees of its species. Each grand oak tree has its own beauty and it is worthy of tree preservation.

All cities and counties in Florida have ordinances that regulate the trimming and removal of grand oak trees, in most cases you will need permit to prune or remove them.

What tree is illegal to cut down?

Trees requiring permit for removal vary from city to city. In order for you to find out what trees are protected in your area, you will need to contact a local certified arborist, and ask them if the tree can be removed with no violation of law.

Tree permitting is not required if you are attempting to remove dead trees, fallen trees, hazardous trees, and non-protected trees. However, you will need to refer to your local municipality Tree Protection Ordinance to see whether you can remove any tree without a permit.

Why is there a law against cutting down of trees?

The law that prohibits cutting down trees is also referred to as Arboriculture Law, and it varies from city to city within their specific county. The major focus of arboriculture law is preserving tree species and other natural resources.

These laws affect those in urban settings by regulating the removal of trees from personal property, or requiring permits to trim, prune, or cut down trees over a certain diameter or age.

What is a fair price for tree trimming?

The average cost for trimming trees varies depending on the size of the tree (number of branches) and obstacles around the tree, such as power lines and fences. Realistically, residential and commercial tree trimming jobs can cost anywhere between $120 and $1200, based on national averages in 2019, that also support that the average price for tree trimming on that same year was $438.

Service Areas

We provide top quality tree service in Pinellas and Hillsborough County. Our most popular areas of service are: 

Tampa, FL

Largo, FL

Brandon, FL

Dunedin, FL

Plant City, FL

Oldsmar, FL

Lutz, FL

Palm Harbor, FL

Odessa, FL

Safety Harbor, FL

South Tampa, FL

St. Petersburg, FL

Westchase, FL

Wesley Chapel, FL

Clearwater, FL

Pinellas Park, FL


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Do I need a permit to remove a tree?

If a certified arborist determines that your tree poses a danger, Florida property owners do not require a permit from their local municipality to remove, replant, prune or trim a tree. Contact us! We’re here to help.

When Should my Trees be pruned?

When it comes to tree pruning, the best time to do it is during late fall, between the changing leaves in fall and flower blooms in spring.

Do I need to fertilize the trees on my property?

Trees and shrubs should be fertilized in early spring, and a light fertilizer application can be made in early summer if conditions are conducive to plant growth.