How Do I?...
Click to Home
Go To Search
Tree Preservation
In order to maintain the long-term health of Geneva's urban forest, property owners in the categories described below will be required to participate in a Tree Preservation Plan Review process prior to removing trees over 10 inches in diameter (at approximately 4 feet above ground).

All Applications for Building Permit or Site Plan Review
Most tree loss occurs from root damage during construction. To prevent root damage from occurring, a Tree Preservation Plan is required with any application for Building Permit or Site Plan Review where the proposed building or development is in the vicinity of mature trees. This includes filing an application with the Building Department and having the site reviewed by Geneva's certified arborist.

As a part of this process property owners select which trees are to be removed, relocated or protected. Standard tree protection measures must be put in place for large, high quality species trees located in the construction/preservation zone prior to the start of construction.

Lots Equal to or Greater Than 1.5 Acres
Due to the "potential" for construction and development on lots of this size, these property owners are required to complete a Tree Removal Permit Review prior to taking out large trees, regardless if there are plans to develop/build or not. This process, which includes a site review by Geneva's certified arborist, ensures that a well-informed decision is made prior to tree removal.

Download Application

Building Department

109 James St.
Geneva, IL 60134

Ph: 630-262-0280
Fx: 630-262-0286