Hilton Head Island
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The Town has adopted regulations to preserve, protect and promote our natural resources on the island.
It is always best to contact our Community Development Information Center at 843-341-4757 for guidance prior to starting a project.
The Town of Hilton Head Island has held the Tree City USA designation since 2000!
Recognition as a Tree City USA provides us with a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of having a healthy and well maintained tree canopy throughout our community. Learning proper care for our trees, their value and benefits will safeguard and enhance the quality of life we all enjoy!
Before a tree is removed, the owner must submit a Natural Resources Permit Application to the Town.
Depending on the extent of the project, the following items may be required:
Natural Resources Permit Application
Specimen trees are trees that have been identified as an outstanding representative of its species in size and have special requirements.
View the List of Specimen Trees
The Tree Ordinance encourages the protection of understory native vegetation as well as trees.
Contact the Community Development Information Center at 843-341-4757 prior to starting any vegetation removal.
Both freshwater and tidal (salt water) wetlands are a vital part of the Island's ecosystem, which is why there are regulations that address this resource.
View the Application Specific Review Procedures - LMO section 16-2-103.L
View our Community Development Application Process Table
Any hill or ridge of sand may be considered a dune. Dunes promote protection and stabilization of existing beaches.
If planning a crossover to get to the beach (or any other type of development) or removal or trimming vegetation in this area, a natural resources permit must be obtained to ensure that the plans comply with the Town's requirements.
Contact the Community Development Information Center at email@example.com or 843-341-4757