Shade trees are protected because the county and city ordinances value the benefits they provide.
Fines & Citations
The City of Miramar makes provisions for the proper maintenance and care for trees in Chapter 9 of the city’s Land Development Code where it stipulates that to remove or alter the natural character of these trees is against the law, allowing the city or county to exercise their right to cite and fine these individuals or homeowner associations who infringe on this policy even on private property.
Depending on the severity of the infraction, fines can be as high
as $15,000 as per the Broward County’s ordinance. In addition, a
replacement for any tree that has been removed without permission may
require an equal per inch replacement for the removed tree costing the
homeowner or homeowner’s association a minimum of $300.
Proper tree and palm maintenance mandated by the city constitutes
proper watering, proper fertilization, and proper tree pruning.
Recently, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners adopted an
ordinance regulating the tree trimming industry. This action was taken
as a result of concerns about the quality of tree trimming practiced in
the county, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the
All businesses or governmental agencies that perform
tree trimming in Broward County are required to obtain a Tree Trimmer
License, and to be overseen by a certified arborist.