The Village of Lincolnshire has long been known for its beautiful woodland
setting. The oak/hickory forest component which comprises a majority
of the Village, lends itself effortlessly to Lincolnshire's distinctive
rural character. Lincolnshire's Tree
Preservation Ordinance was established in 1987 by the Mayor and
Board for the purpose of preserving and protecting this precious woodland
Value of Trees
Trees provide many benefits to Lincolnshire's urban environment. They:
- Provide habitat and food source for birds and other
- Naturally reduce air pollution by filtering out harmful
gasses and replenishing the atmosphere with oxygen.
- Lower heating and cooling costs.
- Reduce surface water runoff resulting from storms.
- Absorb sound and buffer noise, such as vehicular traffic.
- Enhance economic stability by attracting businesses
- Increase property values up to 15 percent.
The Village has been named a Tree
City USA continually since 1989 for its dedication to the preservation
of trees. Lincolnshire has also received the Tree
City USA Growth Award for demonstrating an ongoing commitment by
establishing and implementing community forestry programs.
General Requirements for Tree Removal
The Tree Preservation Ordinance requires that a permit be
acquired prior to the removal of any tree in the Village. A tree removal
permit or written authorization must be obtained from the Department
of Community Development. Circumstances which warrant a tree removal
permit would be when trees which would otherwise be destroyed by construction
activities or site improvements are to be relocated to another location
or replaced with suitable replacement trees upon the site.
In determining the required replacement of trees the Department
of Community Development will evaluate the following:
- Existing tree coverage on the site and surrounding
- Number of trees to be removed on entire site
- Type, size, and condition of the tree(s) to be removed
- Feasibility of relocating the tree(s)
- Topography, grading and drainage of the site
- Extent to which the tree contributes to the aesthetic,
economic and environmental integrity of the surrounding
Failure to obtain a tree removal permit or
authorization prior to removing a tree may result in the issuance of
a citation for violation of the Village Code regulations, and will result
in a fee three times that of the original permit fee. In addition, any
tree removed without a permit must be replaced inch for inch. Therefore,
if a 12 inch tree is removed, then required replacement plantings must
total 12 inches in diameter.
Tree Preservation During Construction
The Tree Preservation Ordinance also applies to new developments and
alterations to existing structures. Plans submitted to the Village
must identify all trees in or adjacent to the construction area. The
Village may require remedial measures including, but not limited to,
protective fencing, root pruning, pumping of concrete and site access
A tree removal authorization may be granted by the Department of Community
Development when a tree, due to natural circumstances, is dead or irreversibly
declining. Such a tree may be removed only after the Department of
Community Development, at its sole and absolute discretion, has verified
that such a condition exists. Authorizations may also be issued for
trees which are 1) in danger of falling, 2) a sight-line obstruction
at a road or driveway intersection, or 3) a health hazard.
In the event that any tree endangers health, safety or property and requires
immediate removal without delay (e.g. a tree damaged in a storm), verbal
authorization may be given by the Department of Community Development
and shall later be confirmed in writing by the Department.
Tree Preservation requirements are further described in Title
13, Chapter 1 of the Village Code, which is also available for review
during regular business hours at the Village Hall.