This page is meant to be a resource. The information concerning each cities tree protection ordinance is current as of January 2017. If there is any question or concerns regarding your particular tree please contact your city’s planning department directly. This page is for informational purposes only. Arbor Pro is not responsible for any misunderstanding arising from this information.
Protected Trees: All trees located within the County right-of-way are protected. “Trees”: having a single trunk or multi-trunk structure at least ten feet high and having a major trunk that is at least two inches in diameter taken at 4.5 feet from the ground (DBH). (Sec. 12.11.100.A) Click here to view the entire code.
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Permit Process: Click here for the tree permit application.
Protected Trees: A permit is required to remove the following trees on private property:
Permit Process: Click here for the tree permit application. Please note that all tree permits must be processed at the Parks and Community Services Department. Permit applications may not be mailed. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call (707) 746-4285.
Please note there is also a permit required to trim the following types of trees:
*A permit is not required to trim branches on said trees that are less than 3 inches in diameter
Protected trees: Any single stemmed Coast Live Oak tree with a circumference of 18″ or more (5.5″ in diameter), and any multi-stemmed Coast Live Oak tree with an aggregate circumference of 26 inches or more at a distance of 4 feet up from the ground within the City of Berkeley. These trees may not be removed unless the tree is a potential danger to life or limb due to the condition of the tree that the only reasonable mitigation would be removal of the tree. In addition any pruning of a Coast Live Oak that is excessive and injurious to the tree is prohibited. Excessive and injurious pruning is defined as the removal of more than one-fourth of the functioning leaf, stem or-root system of a tree in any 24 month period.
Protected Trees: Any tree with a single trunk or multiple trunks with cumulative diameter of 6″ or greater at 54″ above grade require a permit for removal on private or public property.
Municipal Code Chapter 15.70
1. Any of the following listed native trees with a 12” DBH single trunk, or 12’ DBH sum of all stems on multiple trunk tree, measured at 54” above the ground:
2. Other trees with at least 24” DBH (single trunk) or a multi-stemmed tree where the sum of all stems are 24” DBH, measured at 54” above the ground.
3. A tree 6” DBH single or multi-stemmed that is located within the structural setback of creeks or streams (Creek and Riparian Habitat Protection 122-802).
4. Any tree or group of trees which has a relationship to an event of historical significance or is of public interest and which has been designated by action of the Planning Commission as a heritage tree.
The following trees do not require a permit and can be removed no matter the size (unless such tree has been specifically designated a “Heritage Tree” by action of the Planning Commission): Eucalyptus, Acacia, Monterey Pine, Palm, and Privet
Permit Process: Click HERE for information about permit requirements. Please contact the Public Works-Maintenance Services Parks Division at (925) 671-3444 with any questions or visit their “Trees” page for great information on tree care and protected trees.
Here is what the County has to say about removing trees:
“Registered heritage trees, trees that provide land stability, are of a protected species or size, or provide visual screening/and or privacy are subject to tree removal permits. Each tree removal permit is subject to individual consideration and approved or denied on a case by case basis by the Planning Division. Some factors used to determine tree removal approval include hazardous situations, number of trees on a property, damage to existing structures, and reasonable development. Prior to removing any tree on your property, you are advised to contact the Planning Division at (925)674-7205 to verify your tree does not require a removal permit”
Below is the Counties Ordinance as best we understand it:
Protected Trees (two sections):
Trees on any property within the unincorporated area of the County that meet the following description:
|• Arroyo Willow||• Coast Red Elderberry|
|• Bigleaf Maple||• Coast Redwood|
|• Black Cottonwood||• Digger Pine|
|• Blue Oak||• Fremont Cottonwood|
|• Box Elder||• Interior Live Oak|
|• California Sycamore||• Knobcone Pine|
|• California Buckeye||• Madrone|
|• California Juniper||• Tanoak or Tanbark Oak|
|• California Black Oak||• Toyon|
|• California Bay or Laurel||• Valley Oak|
|• California Black Walnut||• White Alder|
|• Canyon Live Oak||• Yellow Willow|
|• Coast Live Oak|
Or any tree measuring 6 ½ inches diameter measured 4 ½ from ground level, or any multi-stemmed tree with the sum of the circumferences measuring 40 inches or larger, measured 4 ½ from ground level, or any significant grouping of trees, (groves of four or more trees) that is locate on any of the properties specified below
Protected Trees: Any tree on public or private property meeting one or more of the following standards:
1) Located on a developed property, that has a trunk diameter of 24 inches or more, and that is one of the following species: oak, bay, cypress, maple, redwood, buckeye and sycamore
2) Any tree required to be preserved as part of an approved Development Plan, Plan, Zoning Permit, Use Permit, Site Development Review or Subdivision Map
3) Any tree required to be planted as a replacement for an unlawfully removed tree
Residential trees located in private yards or in planter strip areas are the responsibility of private property owners. The City may provide right-of-way clearance trimming services if needed to maintain a clearance of 8′ above the sidewalk or 16′ above the street. Right-of-way clearance trimming is limited to the street-side of the tree only. Property owners will be given an opportunity to perform clearance trimming if they prefer.
Under the City’s new Street Tree Ordinance, private property owners will be required to obtain a no-fee City Encroachment Permit when planting, removing, or replacing any tree within the public right-of-way. However, a permit will not be required for removing any sucker growth, low-hanging branches less than 2″ in diameter or pruning less than 10% of the tree canopy.
Private property owners are responsible for any damage which occurs as a result of fallen limbs from privately owned trees.
Privately owned trees may be removed or trimmed at the option of the property owner except under the City’s Heritage Tree Ordinance or any other Planning Department conditions requiring that certain landscaping remain in place.
To view the city pamphlet on Heritage Tree Ordinariness Regulations
Any tree measuring over 36″ in diameter at four and one-half (4-1/2) above grade.
Any of the following native trees having a trunk or main stem which measures ten (10) inches or greater in diameter measured four and one-half (4-1/2) feet above natural grade or, for a multi-stemmed tree, a combination of trunks totaling twenty (20) inches or greater in diameter measured four and one-half (4-1/2) feet above natural grade, on any type of lot or property:
For detailed information on the permit process click here
Please note: The permit application may requires a letter from a Certified Arboist- we can provide this service for you if the city requires it.
Protected Trees: Any tree on public or private property meeting one or more of the following standards:
1) Located on a developed property, that has a trunk diameter of 12 inches or more, and that is one of the following species:
2. Any tree native to Lafayette of California (please call the city to see if you tree is one)
3. Of any size or species and designated to be protected and preserved as part of an approved development application;
4. Is a native riparian tree with a trunk diameter of six inches or more or has a multi-trunk with a diameter of four inches or more and that is one of the following species:
Click here for their “Tree Permit Page” the tree permit application. Click here for the current fee schedule for a Category 1 Permit (Residential). The fee is $350. For more information please call the City of Lafayette Planning Services Division at 925-284-1976
Protected Trees: A permit is required to cut down any tree having a trunk diameter of 5″ or more measured 3′ above the natural grade or a tree having multiple trunks with a total perimeter of 40″ or more and is a:
Exemptions to tree removal permit requirements include:
Municipal Code Chapter 12.12
Permits may be granted to remove trees that are diseased or dying, that present a hazard, or are damaging structures, etc. Please contact the Planning Department at 925-888-7040 for more information, including copies of the application form, and a list of tree species requiring a permit for removal.
Protected Trees : Trees with trunk diameters of 6.5″ @ 54″ above grade including all oaks, bay, buckeye, redwood, alders, big leaf maple, madrone, black walnut, Ca. sycamore, & elderberry. Any tree 6.5″ in diameter that is on commercial or industrial properties.
Click here for the tree removal permit application
Protected Trees : Coast live oaks 4″ in diameter @ 54″ above grade. All trees (with the exception of Eucalyptus and Monterey pine) that are 9″ in diameter. Eucalyptus & Monterey pine are not protected. Please note, there is a $355 non-refundable application fee for a permit.
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1. A tree located on an assessor’s parcel upon which there is an existing structure, which is of the following species and which has a trunk diameter equal to or greater than twelve (12) inches at 4.5 feet above its existing grade:
2. A tree of any size designated to be protected and preserved on an approved development plan or as a condition of approval of a tentative map, a tentative parcel map, or other development approval or land use entitlement or permit issued by the city;
3. A native riparian tree with a trunk diameter of four inches at 4.5 feet above its existing grade or a multi-trunk native riparian tree with a cross-sectional area of all trunks equal to a cross-section area of a single stem of four inches at 4.5 feet above its existing grade. “Riparian tree” is a tree within thirty (30) feet of the edge of a creek bank or a tree beyond thirty (30) feet but in such proximity to a creek bank that it requires or tolerates soil moisture levels in excess of that available in adjacent uplands;
4. A tree with a trunk diameter equal to or greater than six inches in diameter at 4.5 feet above its existing grade on a vacant or undeveloped assessor’s parcel.
Click for the tree removal permit application.
Protected trees: All trees on developed property that meet the following conditions.
1. Any of the following trees with a single perennial stem of 12 inches or larger in circumference (4″ in diameter) measured 4 ½” feet above the natural grade.
2. Any other tree with a single perennial stem greater than 56 inches or larger in circumference (18″ in diameter) measured at 4½ feet above the natural grade.
Please Note: Trees species specifically excluded from protection regardless of size or health include any other species of nut or fruit trees, palm trees or eucalyptus trees
Click the following link for the Tree Removal Permit. Use page 1-2 of the general use permit- check the “other” box and fill in “tree removal”. Please contact the planning department at (510) 724-8912. To view the entire tree ordinance click here
Click for information on the permit process.
Municipal Code Chapter 17.16
Protected Trees :
Click for the tree removal permit application. Please contact the City’s Planning Department at (925) 973-2560 with questions. Submit the completed application and the required submittal items to the Planning Services Division at 2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583. Review of the tree removal permit may take 2 weeks to process. s.
Protected Trees: All trees (dead or alive, public or private) located within City limits with a trunk circumference of 28″ or more (9″ DBH) measured at 54″, or an aggregate circumference of a multi-stemmed tree of over 40″. There will be a $75.00 charge per permit (each permit can cover up to 4 trees).
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