Tree Removal Permit Application


All landmark trees in the Village are protected. Landmark trees are defined as trees that are 16 inches or more in diameter at breast height, which is measured 4.5 feet above the ground, and are of a high quality species, such as oaks, hickories or maples. Other trees that are a lesser quality species, such as cottonwood and box elder, must be 20 inches or more in diameter at breast height in order to be protected. A tree removal permit issued through the Inspectional Services Division is required before any landmark tree can be removed on private property. Justification for removal must be provided. Call (847) 904-4340 for more information.


There may be several reasons to request the removal of a tree. A tree may be dead, diseased, or dangerous. In these instances, the applicant, if unfamiliar with diagnosing these conditions, should submit an opinion by aCertified Village Arborist . The applicant may want to remove a tree that he or she considers a nuisance or unattractive. Whatever the reason, it must be clearly stated in the appropriate place on the permit application form. 

The Certified Village Arborist will inspect the tree requested for removal. If the Certified Village Arborist approves the application and replacement trees are not required the tree removal permit will be left onsite at the time of inspection. If the approval of the permit requires replacement trees, then the applicant must deposit an escrow equal to the value of the replacement trees before the permit will be approved and issued. 

Current utility tree removal process is informal – applicant contacts Certified Village Arborist and describes reasons for removal – attempt is made to negotiate to retain the tree, or if this cannot be done, to collect a fine for tree replacement (one-to-one) This section is to be used by an applicant that is performing or authorizing work on underground utilities that is not being done as a result of other construction work. This work could involve the maintenance or replacement of water lines, sewer lines, electric lines, gas lines, telephone lines, cable television lines, or irrigation lines. The applicant must provide sufficient drawings, maps, or other information to facilitate a proper review of the request. The information must describe the location of the work, the type of work , and how the work will be done.

The applicant must also show trees that may be impacted by the work. For each private tree 16” and larger and all public trees, regardless of size, the applicant must show the tree:

a) location

b) species

c) trunk diameter DBH (diameter breast height)

d) condition (see Section IV - G – Tree Classification)

e) critical root zone – circle around the trunk of the tree with a radius of one foot (1’) for each one inch (1”) of tree diameter (DBH) Based on the review of the Certified Village Arborist, the applicant will be required to replace the impacted tree(s) or provide a fee in lieu of replacement for any tree which cannot be saved due to the proposed utility work. The Director of Public Works has the right to waive the tree replacement requirements.

All applicants submitting permit applications under this section must provide a detailed inventory of existing trees. For each private tree 16" DBH and larger and all public trees, regardless of size, the applicant must show tree species, size (DBH), condition, critical root zone, location and any observed problems. The condition will be based on a 1 to 6 rating system that is detailed in the Condition Rating Scale provided in this section. The Certified Village Arborist will verify this information during the site review portion of the review process.