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In 2022, the Town of Emerald Isle introduced a program to address the vegetation needs throughout the community: Call Before You Cut.
If you plan to prune or remove any trees or vegetation from your property, chances are you will need to secure a permit from the Emerald Isle Planning Department for tree removal in advance. Anything that has at least a 3 inch caliper, at 36 inches above grade will require a permit.
In order to secure your permit, property owners will need to call the Call Before You Cut number through the Planning Department at 252-354-3338. A Town employee will come to verify the vegetation before a permit can be issued.
If you have questions, please contact Town Planner Michelle Eitner.