Tree Removal Permit

A tree removal permit is required for the removal of any Protected or Heritage Tree on all properties within the Gulf Shores city limits.  A Heritage tree is any tree with a diameter at breast height of 30 inches or above, or a live oak tree with a diameter of at least 24 inches.  A Protected Tree is any tree with a diameter of at least 12 inches or a live oak with a diameter of 6 inches or greater.

Online Application Process

  • For an easy, step-by-step permit application process visit our City of Gulf Shores Online Licensing and Permitting Portal.
  • Find the Tree Removal Permit in the Planning and Zoning section of the portal.
  • Before beginning the application process, make sure you have all materials necessary from the Tree Removal Checklist.
  • Fill out the online application and attach all required documents.
  • Once you have submitted your application, please allow for a five day processing period. You will be able to see the status of your application at any time from your portal account home page.

Physical Application Process

  • Fill out the General Planning and Zoning Application.
  • Submit completed Planning and Zoning Application with all Tree Removal Checklist materials to:
     City of Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Department
     205 Clubhouse Drive Suite B
     P.O. Box 299
     Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  • Please allow for a five day review process once we have received your application. At the end of the review process we will contact you with the resulting status of the permit application.

Documents and Materials Required


  • $25 - Application Fee
  • $250 - Permit Fee (May be waived in certain circumstances)

Additional Information