Do I need a permit to remove a tree?
For single family properties – a property with a single-family home – an allotted number of Significant Trees (trees between 6 and 30 inch diameter measured at 4 1/2 feet above the ground) are allowed to be removed within a year or five-year period without a permit. A Tree Removal Form must be submitted to the City for any Significant Tree removal even if no permit is required. The number of trees allowed to be removed without a permit varies depending upon the size of your lot as follows:

• lots up to 10,000 sq.ft. – Maximum of 2 trees a year and 4 in five years
• lots between 10,001 and 20,000 sq.ft. – 4 trees a year and 8 in five years
• lots greater than 20,001 sq.ft. – 6 trees a year and 12 in five years

Also, an approved tree removal permit is always required for the removal or alteration of landmark trees, defined as trees with a diameter at breast height (DBH) of greater than 30 inches. The City wants to emphasize the importance of retaining older large trees, so trees with a DBH of greater than 30 inches cannot be removed without an approved tree removal permit.

Multi-family and Commercial Properties - Any Significant Tree removal requires a permit.

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1. Do I need a permit to remove a tree?
2. Is there a tree removal fee?
3. Can any tree be removed from my property?
4. How do I know if a tree is located within a critical area, buffer or NGPE or if the tree is otherwise protected?
5. Are all trees regulated and exactly what defines a “tree?”
6. What about hazard trees?
7. Can hazard trees be removed from critical areas?
8. What about emergency situations?
9. Do hazard trees count toward my one and five year tree allowances?
10. How is tree removal on non-single family properties handled?
11. What if I need to remove trees to make way for a home expansion or other development project?
12. What if I want a tree removed from a City ROW or public property?
13. What if I want a tree removed from my neighbor’s property?
14. Are there other regulations pertaining to trees aside from tree removal restrictions?
15. What should I do if I think trees are being removed illegally?
16. What are the penalties for illegally removing trees?
17. What if a tree in or near a power line needs to be trimmed?
18. Do I need a permit to prune a tree?