§ 166.01-02  Applicability.
   (A)   Tree alteration permit required. 
      (1)   General. No removal of trees or pruning of limbs over six inches diameter at the nearest juncture, shall occur prior to issuance of a tree alteration permit (See § 162.03-10, Tree Alteration Permit). All fees collected for the issuance of a tree alteration permit shall be placed in the Folly Beach Tree Fund.
      (2)   Responsibility for compliance.  Review for compliance with the standards of this section shall occur at the time of application for a site plan, § 162.03-06; minor subdivision, § 162.03-07(C); preliminary plat for subdivision, § 162.03-07(D); planned development, § 162.03-02; or tree alteration permit, § 162.03-10, whichever occurs first.
   (B)   Trees designated as protected trees.Table 166.02, Protected Trees, sets out the types and sizes of trees to be treated as protected trees. Trees not meeting the minimum size requirements in Table 166.02 shall not be considered protected trees.
TABLE 166.02:  PROTECTED TREES
SPECIES
COMMON NAME
MINIMUM SIZE (inches) (1)
TABLE 166.02:  PROTECTED TREES
SPECIES
COMMON NAME
MINIMUM SIZE (inches) (1)
Magnolia grandiflora
Southern Magnolia
12 (DBH)
Quercus Phellos
Willow Oak
12 (DBH)
Magnolia virginiana
Sweet Bay Magnolia
12 (DBH)
Quercus virginiana
Live Oak
6 (DBH)
Quercus launfolia
Laurel Oak
12 (DBH)
Acer rubrum
Red Maple
12 (DBH)
Juniperus virginiana
Eastern Red Cedar
12 (DBH)
Sabal palmetto
Cabbage Palm or Sabal Palm
12 (DBH)
Ilex opaca
American Holly
12 (DBH)
Cornus florida
Flowering Dogwood
12 (DBH)
NOTES:
(1)  DBH = Diameter at breast height measured 4.5 feet above grade.
 
   (C)   Tree protection exemptions.  The following development and activities are exempt from the standards of this section:
      (1)   Removal of dead and nuisance vegetation.  The removal of dead or naturally fallen trees or vegetation, or vegetation that is determined by the Building Official to be a nuisance or threat to the public health, safety, or welfare.
      (2)   Maintaining clear visibility.  The selective and limited removal of trees or vegetation necessary to obtain clear visibility at driveways or intersections, or for the purpose of performing authorized field survey work.
      (3)   Removal of trees on city land.  Removal of trees on city-owned land and public rights-of-way.
      (4)   Period of emergency.  Removal of trees threatening life, property, or other trees during or immediately after dangerous weather conditions such as those associated with hurricanes, tornados, or floods.
      (5)   Silviculture.  Any legally established silviculture use conducted in accordance with South Carolina Forestry Commission requirements.
(Ord. 05-10, passed 3-23-10; Am. Ord. 29-12, passed 3-12-13; Am. Ord. 25-16, passed 1-10-17; Am. Ord. 029-21, passed 12-14-21)