Application &
Tree Permit Requirements
Tree Permit Application
Tree Permit Submittal Fees
Reforestation Fund Published Schedule
Quality Tree List
Submit via CSS Portal to:
City of McKinney
221 N. Tennessee Street
McKinney, TX 75069
Phone # 972-547-2000
This publication can be made available upon request in alternative formats, such as, Braille,
large print, audiotape or computer disk. Requests can be made by calling 972-547-2694
(Voice) or email Please allow at least 48 hours
for your request to be processed.
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A permit is required before critically altering any protected tree, unless the protected tree:
Endangers the public health, welfare, or safety and immediate alteration is required
Disrupts public utility service (Only action required to restore service)
Is located on the property of a licensed tree nursery
Is located on a lot of record with a single family or duplex residence; is located outside the floodplain,
tree preservation zone, erosion hazard setback easement; and has a caliper size of less than 27
Tree Permits
Tree Permits are required prior to the issuance of a development permit and building permit. To apply for a Tree
Permit, you must use our Customer Self Service Portal on the City of McKinney website, to apply for this permit.
Submissions for Tree Permits must include:
1. The completed application form, signed by the owner of the property
2. Tree Survey (digital pdf format) showing:
Applicant’s name, address, and phone number
Locator map
North arrow
Property lines, with dimensions
Engineering Scale (not larger than 1”=200’ same as a site plan or plat)
Location of all right-of-way, and easements (existing, or proposed with associated construction
Location of all buildings, structures, pools, parking and vehicular maneuvering areas, utilities,
sidewalks, and other improvements (existing or proposed)
Adjacent land uses, and zoning of adjacent properties
Creeks, lakes, and other water features (existing or proposed)
Location of FEMA one-hundred year floodplain, NRCS lake tree preservation zone, or erosion
hazard setback easement.
Any proposed non-disturbance areas
Location, species, and size of all trees six inches (6”) caliper or greater measured at four feet six
inches height (4’-6”)
Any additional information necessary to review the survey/plan
3. Tree Preservation Plan (digital pdf format) showing:
Major site construction features, existing trees to remain, trees being removed, and replacement
trees (type, location, number, and size indicated)
Proposed and existing contours
Identification of caliper, species, and location of trees that are to remain
Identification of caliper, species, and location of trees to be removed
Tree protection
4. Letter of intent (digital pdf format)
If a property contains no trees, please check Affidavit of No Trees under Type of Tree Permit Application
within the Tree Permit Application. This can be accepted in lieu of a tree survey/plan. Contact the Landscape
Administrator for more information.
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Submit via CSS Portal to:
City of McKinney
221 N. Tennessee St.
McKinney, TX 75069
Type of Tree Permit Application
Affidavit of No Trees All Trees on Site Being Preserved Tree Removal
Application Information
Applicant Name:
Company Name:
Phone #: Email:
Address: City: State: Zip:
Owner’s Information (if different than applicant)
Name: Company Name:
Address: City: State: Zip:
Project Information
Project Name:
Project Location:
Development Permit Number:
Class of Work
Tree Removal Transplanting Trimming
I hereby certify that this application meets the requirements of Section 146-136 of the City of McKinney Code of Ordinances and
further certify that all construction pertaining to this project shall meet the requirements of Section 146-136 of the City of McKinney
Code of Ordinance. I understand the City of McKinney may refuse to accept any public requirements and/or issue a Certificate of
Occupancy if there are outstanding violations of those requirements.
Signature of Owner/Applicant or Authorized Agent: Date:
click to sign
click to edit
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Tree Permit Submittal Fees
The Charge/fee for the services of the Engineering Department for review of submittals
for tree permit processing and issuance shall be as follows:
Tree Permit $50.00 + fee based on number of trees
Fee for sites with up to 10 trees $10.00
Fee for sites with 10 to 50 trees $50.00
Fee for sites with 50 + trees $100.00
Fees due prior to receiving development permit.
Reforestation Fund Published Schedule
(Updated January 2021)
If an applicant cannot replace trees on the same property to meet mitigation requirements, and if the
Landscape Administrator does not approve replanting on an alternate site, the applicant shall make a
payment into the Reforestation Fund.
The amount of the payment per tree is as follows:
4” caliper trees $500.00
6” caliper trees $1200.00
The Reforestation funds are for purchasing, growing and/or irrigating trees. These funds paid into the
Reforestation Fund shall be spent within three (3) years of payment or shall be returned to the payer.
Tree Permit Requirements Checklist Revised 01.06.15
Section A-2. Quality tree list.
Caddo Maple Acer sacharum ‘Caddo’
Red Maple Acer rubrum
Shantung Maple Acer truncatum
Texas Buckeye Aesculus argute
Chittamwood Bumelia lanuginose
Hickory Carya spp.
Pecan Carya illioinensis
Redbud Cercis spp.
Dogwood Cornus drummondii
Smoketree Cotinus coggygria
Hawthorn Crataegus
Arizona Cypress Cupressus arizonica
Leyland Cypress Cupressocyparis leylandii
Texas Persimmon Diospyros texana
Texas Ash Fraxinus texensis
Gingko Ginkgo biloba
Possumhaw Holly Ilex decidua
Yaupon Holly Ilex vomitoria
Alligator Juniper Juniperus deppeana
Walnut Juglans nigra
Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana
Golden Raintree Koelreuteria paniculata
Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica
Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua
Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora
Saucer Magnolia Magnolia soulangiana
Star Magnolia Magnolia stellate
Crabapple Mallus spp.
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Eldarica Pine Pinus eldarica
Austrian Pine Pinus nigra
Chinese Pistache Pistachia chinensis
Sycamore Platanus occidentalis
Cherry Laurel Prunus caroliniana
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Mexican Plum Prunus mexicana
Sawtooth Oak Quercus acutissima
Lacey Oak Quercus laceyi (Q. glaucoides)
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa
Black Jack Oak Quercus marilandica
Chinquapin Oak Quercus muhlenbergii
Water Oak Quercus nigra
Willow Oak Quercus phellos
Shumard Oak Quercus shumardi
Texas Red Oak Quercus shumardi ‘Texana’
Durand Oak Quercus sinuate
Bigelow Oak Quercus sinuate var. breviloba
Post Oak Quercus stellata
Live Oak Quercus virginiana
Carolina Buckthorn Rhamnus caroliniana
Western Soapberry Sapindus drummondii
Eve’s Necklace Sophora affinis
Pond Cypress Taxodium ascendens
Bald Cypress Taxodium disichum
Cedar Elm Ulmus carassifolia
Lacebark Elm Ulmus parvifolia
Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum rufidulum