Tree Preservation Requirements

Tree Preservation Requirements

Trees provide an enormous value to the community through environmental benefits, quality of life and community character.  In 2021 and 2022, the Village reviewed its tree preservation policies to ensure the preservation of the Village’s tree canopy. The tree preservation policy was amended to minimize the number of unnecessary removals, and ensure sufficient replacement requirements when healthy trees are removed to maintain and grow the community’s tree canopy.

Please see the Tree Regulations Manual for tree preservation requirements during construction.

A Tree Removal Permit is required to remove any tree 6” DBH (Diameter at Breast Height) or larger on private property. Once a properly completed application is submitted, the Village Forester/Tree Preservation Officer will review the application and inspect the tree(s) proposed for removal and compare their condition to the regulations set forth in Chapter 29 of the Village’s Municipal Code. A complete application consists of the Tree Removal Permit Application form as well as a Plat of Survey depicting the location of the tree(s) proposed for removal.

Tree Removal Permit Applications may be submitted via email to or the Community Development Department at Village Hall.

When do I need a Tree Removal Permit? A Tree Removal Permit is required to remove any tree on private property 6” DBH or greater (Diameter at Breast Height is measured 54” above grade) or any tree of any size from the Village’s right-of-way.

What if a tree is dead/dying/diseased? If tree(s) proposed for removal are found in these conditions after review by the Tree Preservation Officer, any potential permit fees or tree replacement requirements will be waived.

Please contact the Village Forester/Tree Preservation Officer with questions at or (847) 853-7622.

Documents and Forms:

Please see the Helpful Resources page for information regarding the care and management for your trees.

For the care of Village owned trees, please see the Forestry page.

This page was updated 4/21/2023.