Tree Trimming and Debris Removal Information for City Residents

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2018) – The City of Ocala Public Works Department, Sanitation Division would like to provide the following tips to City residents to keep them safe and informed when selecting a company to perform tree work on their property this fall.

“The threat of severe weather events, declining tree health or residents’ desire to have trees removed on their property creates a heightened awareness of trees and their threat to homes and businesses,” said Dwayne Drake, Sanitation Division Head, City of Ocala. “It is important for residents to know what their tree trimming and debris removal options are and what they should expect from a tree service company.”

  • All contractors, or those doing the work, are responsible for hauling off all tree debris immediately upon completion of the job.
  • Residents will be responsible for any debris not hauled off, not the City of Ocala.
  • Residents should not pay in full until all work is completed and the debris is removed.
  • Residents should obtain contact information from the contractor, or those doing the work.
  • Contractor information should be visible on their vehicles.
  • Residents are strongly encouraged to use contractors who are licensed and insured.
  • Tree debris should not be placed in front of vacant lots.
  • If tree work is done specifically by the homeowner and is placed out for collection, any pile over 4’ x 5’ x 6’ is considered a chargeable load. Residents will receive a notice from the City for the cost to remove and would have seven days to remove it or they will have to pay the City for removal. Debris must be no more than four feet in length and placed next to the road at the location where the work is completed.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Public Works Department, Sanitation Division at 352-351-6697.