In 1990, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 913, which serves to preserve and protect any mature significant trees growing in the City. Any tree defined as a mature tree requires a permit prior to any major topping, cutting, or removal. A tree may only be removed or relocated due to disease, development on the subject property, or health and safety concerns affecting the general public.
The owner of a property must first obtain a tree removal permit from the Development Services, Planning Division, prior to removing or relocating any significant trees(s) from their property. Failure to do so can result in fines or criminal charges being filed. Click HERE for application form.
A mature tree is defined as "any Oak tree measuring 8 inches or more in trunk diameter, and/or any other species of tree that measures 10 inches or more in diameter, and any multi-trunk tree having a total circumference of 38 inches or more, with at least one trunk having a minimum diameter of 4 inches. The diameter must be measured at a point 36 inches above the ground at the base of the tree."
No person shall trim, plant, relocate, root prune, apply pesticides to, or engage in any grading, construction, demolition or any improvement that may directly affect the health of any Public/Community Tree without a prior written permit from the Municipal Arborist. Application for a permit must be made to the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Public/Community Trees, click HERE.