Lakeshore Tree Removal

What You Should Know About Tree Removal

Orono has ordinances (Sections 78-577, 78-673, and 78-1285) intended to preserve the natural wooded character of the City's many miles of lakeshore.

Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • A City Permit is required to cut any live tree with a diameter of six inches or greater that is located within 75 feet of the shoreline.
  • Inspection by City staff is required, to confirm the reasons for removal. Removal of a dead trees doesn't require a permit, but they must still be inspected prior to removal.
  • Removal of live trees requires replacement on a tree-for-tree basis, at the same setback from the shore as the trees removed.
  • Intensive vegetation clearing within 75 feet of the shoreline, on steep slopes and in bluff areas is prohibited.  Limited clearing is allowed to provide a view of the lake from the residence. However, you should discuss the extent of your planned removal with the City Planners and Inspector prior to starting.

If you have any further questions, contact the City Planners or Inspector to clarify your questions.