If you are a real estate investor OR professional in Austin, Texas you may have had one or two trees prevent you from doing a project. The City of Austin doesn't play when it comes to their stock. They even check for missing trees via Google Earth and Google Maps!!
"The Urban Forestry Program objective of making Austin the most livable city in the United States is supported by the Forestry Division by providing citizens’ services that promote trees, plan the urban forest, and enforce the tree ordinances."
Video by Josh Brunsmann (WARNING: non-explicit tree hugging)
If the trees are approved for removal, it will cost you $600 per inch in diamater.
23" diameter tree
$13,800 (something that could eat away your ROI quickly)
OR mitigation: requires that other trees are planted in place of the removed tree(s).
A protected tree is any tree with a linear diameter of at least 19 inches measured 4.5 ft. from the ground (any species). All trees larger than 19 inches in diameter within city limits require an approved tree permit before being removed.
Now if you really want to ruffle some feathers, there is the heritage tree. A tree with a linear diameter of at least 24 inches measured 4.5 ft. from the ground of the following species: all oaks, Pecan, American Elm, Cedar Elm, Texas Ash, Arizona Black Walnut, Eastern Black Walnut, Bald Cypress, Bigtooth Maple and Texas Madrone. Heritage trees require a variance to remove the tree, to prune more than 25% of the canopy, or to encroach on the root zone (dripline).
If the trees are approved for removal, it will cost you $600 per inch in diamater OR mitigation: requires that other trees are planted in place of the removed tree(s).