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.