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This page is meant to be a resource. The information concerning each cities tree protection ordinance is current as of October 2020. 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. Traverso Tree Service is not responsible for any misunderstanding arising from this information.

Alameda County

Updated October 2020

Protected TreesAll trees located within the County right-of-way are protected. The County of Alameda defines trees as “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.” (Sec. 12.11.100.A) Click here to view the entire code.

Permit Process: Click here for the tree permit application and here for information on the permit process. Please contact the Alameda County Public Works Agency at (510) 670-5500 with any questions.

Alameda

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:

  • All coast live oaks with a 10″ or greater diameter measured 4.5′ above ground.
  • All Mexican fan palms and Californian fan palms in the public rights-of-way on both sides of Burbank Street, Portola Avenue, and Eighth Street between Central and Portola Avenues.
  • All sycamores (London plane trees) in the public rights-of-way on both sides of Central Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and 5th Street.
  • All trees in the three median islands on Thompson Avenue between High Street and Fernside Boulevard, known as Christmas Tree Lane.

Permit Process: See the Tree Removal FAQ and complete a Planning Permit Application form. Please contact the Planning Division at 510-747-6805 with any questions.

Antioch

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:

  • All established indigenous trees (Blue Oak, Valley Oak, Coast Live Oak , Canyon Live Oak, Interior Live Oak, California Buckeye , California Bay) 10” in diameter measured at 4 ½ feet above ground
  • All trees larger than 26” in diameter measured at 4 ½ feet above ground level or 40′ in height above the grade
  • Any street tree, or tree required to be preserved as a condition of an approval from a “regular development application” as defined by this section, and/or any tree that is shown to be preserved on an approved development plan as submitted by the applicant and subsequently approved by the city

Permit Process: Click here for the tree permit application. Please contact the Public Works Department at (925) 779-6950 with any questions.

Benicia

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees: A permit is required to remove the following trees on private property:

  • All city property trees over 8 inches in diameter (as measured 48 inches above soil level)
  • Street trees over 8 inches in diameter.
  • All heritage trees
  • All designated protected trees (trees on property for new construction)
  • California native trees – The following native species, which have a trunk diameter of 8 inches (25 inch circumference) are protected:
    • Blue oak (Quercus douglasii)
    • Live oak (Quercus agrifolia)
    • Valley/white oak (Quercus lobata)
    • Willow (Salix)
    • Buckeye (Aesculus californica)
    • Box elder (Acer negundo)
    • California Bay (Umbellularia californica)
    • Black walnut (Juglans hindsi)
  • All other trees over 12 inches in diameter; fruit trees at 18 inches in diameter

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:

  • Street trees (click here for more info)
  • Heritage trees (click here for more info)
  • Designated protected trees

*A permit is not required to trim branches on said trees that are less than 3 inches in diameter

Berkeley

Updated October 2020

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.

Permit Process: The permit for the pruning or removal of trees on the city right-of-way or city-owned property can be found here, and more information about this process can be found here.

Please note that the City of Berkeley also requires a permit for tree planting on the right-of-way. That application can be found here and more information can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Trees & Parks Division at (510) 981-6660.

Clayton

Updated October 2020

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.

Permit Process: Click here for the tree permit application or for more information call the Community Development Department at 925-673-7300.

Municipal Code Chapter 15.70

Concord

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees

  • 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:
    • Blue Oak
    • Valley Oak
    • Coast Live Oak
    • California Bay
    • California Buckeye
    • California Sycamore
  • 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.  
  • 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).
  • 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 to fill out the City of Concord’s application for a Protected Tree Removal Permit. 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. 

Contra Costa County

Updated October 2020

Here is what the County states 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):

Section 1

Trees on any property within the unincorporated area of the County that meet the following description:

  •  Any tree required to be planted as a replacement for an unlawfully removed tree
  •  Any tree shown to be preserved on an approved tentative map, development or site plan
  •  Any tree designated as Heritage
  •  Any Tree required to be retained as a condition of approval
  •  Any tree that is part of a riparian, foothill woodland or oak savanna area
  •  Any tree part of a stand of four or more trees and is 6.5 inches in diameters measured 4 ½ from ground level and is included in the following list of indigenous trees:
 •  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  

Section 2

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

  •  Any developed property within any commercial, professional office or industrial district
  •  Any undeveloped property within any district or private property that can be subdivided.
  •  Any area designated on the general plan for recreational purposes or open space;
  •  Any area designated in the county general plan open space element as visually significant riparian or ridge line vegetation and where the tree is adjacent to or part of a riparian foothill woodland or oak savanna area. (Ords. 94-59, 94-22)


Permit Process: 
For the Planning Application, please click here. Please contact the Department of Conservation and Development at (925) 674-7200 with any questions.

Dublin

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:  Any tree on public or private property meeting one or more of the following standards:

  • 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.
  • Any tree required to be preserved as part of an approved Development Plan, Plan, Zoning Permit, Use Permit, Site Development Review or Subdivision Map.
  • Any tree required to be planted as a replacement for an unlawfully removed tree.

Permit Process: Click the following link for the Tree Removal Permit Application. Click here to view the City of Dublin’s pamphlet on Heritage Tree Ordinance Regulations. If you have any questions please call the Planning Department at 925-833-6610.

Danville

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:

  •  Any single trunked tree, regardless of species, which has a trunk diameter of 36 inches or greater, measured 4-1/2 feet above natural grade.
  • A tree planted on public property in memory of or commemoration of an individual or individuals.
  •  Any of the following native trees having a single trunk or main stem 10 inches or greater in diameter or multiple trunk trees with tree trunks totaling 20 inches in diameter, measured 4-1/2 feet above natural grade:
    • Blue Oak (Quercus Doulgassi)
    • California Bay (Umbellularia California)
    • California Black Oak (Quercus Kelloggi)
    • California Buckeye (Aesculus Californica)
    • California Sycamore (Platanus Racemosa)
    • Canyon Live Oak (Quercus Chrysol)
    • Coast Live Oak (Quercus Agrfolia)
    • Interior Live Oak (Quercus Wislizenii)
    • Madrone (Arbutus Menziesii)
    • London Plane Tree (Plantanus Acerifolia)
    • Valley Oak (Quercus Lobata)
    • White Alder (Alnus Rhombifolia)

Permit Process: Click to download the tree permit application. For detailed information on the permit process click here.
If you have any questions on the process please call the town’s Planning Division at (925) 314-3310.

Please note: The permit application may require a letter from a Certified Arborist- we can provide this service for you if the city requires it.

Lafayette

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:  Any tree on public or private property meeting one or more of the following standards:

  • Is located on a developed property, has a trunk diameter of 12 inches or more, and that is one of the following species:
    • Coast live oak ( Quercus agrifolia )
    • Canyon oak ( Quercus chrysolepis)
    • Blue oak ( Quercus douglasii )
    • White oak ( Quercus garryana )
    • Black oak ( Quercus kelloggii )
    • Valley oak ( Quercus lobata )
    • Interior live oak ( Quercus wislizenii )
    • California bay ( Umbellularia californica )
    • California buckeye ( Aesculus californica )
    • Madrone ( Arbutus menziesii )
  • 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:

    • Bigleaf maple ( Acer marophyllum )
    • Boxelder ( Acer negundo )
    • White alder ( Alnus rhombifolia )
    • Black walnut ( Juglans hindsii )
    • Cottonwood ( Populus fremontii )
    • Red willow ( Salix laevigata )
    • Arroyo willow ( Salix lasiolepis )
    • Coast live oak ( Quercus agrifolia )
    • Valley oak ( Quercus lobata )
    • California bay ( Umbellularia californica )
    • California buckeye ( Aesculus californica )
    • Blue elderberry (Sambucus Mexicana, caerulea, or glauca)
  • Is located on an undeveloped property with a diameter > 6” (of any species)
  • Is designated to be protected and preserved as part of an approved development application (of any size or species)
  • Is a native tree within a restricted ridgeline area (of any size or species)
  • Is a replacement tree planted as restitution for a violation of this chapter
  • Is located within a public right-of-way or a private access easement (of any size or species)
  • Is located within a commercial zoning district (of any size or species)

Permit Process: Click here for their “Tree Permit Page the tree permit application. Click here for the current processing fees. For more information please call the City of Lafayette Planning & Building Department at (925) 284-1976.

Moraga

Updated October 2020

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:

  • Native tree (most common being Bay, Oak, Redwood, Toyon, or Knobcone Pine Tree; see longer list here)
  • Orchard tree (fruit and nut trees planted for commercial agricultural purposes)
  • Tree of historic significance (trees that have historic value related to the heritage of the Town and designated by action of the Town Council)

Exemptions to tree removal permit requirements include:

  • The removal of a general tree (non protected – see above) located on residentially zoned property;
  • The removal of a tree located on a residentially zoned property that is located 5′ or closer to a structure (NOTE: Fences do NOT qualify as “structures”)
  • The removal of a tree located within the public right-of-way and deemed to be hazardous by the Public Works Superintendent are exempt from needing a permit.

Permit Process: Click here for a tree removal permit application. For more information please call the Planning Department at 925-888-7040.

Municipal Code Chapter 12.12

Martinez

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees: All oak trees and indigenous trees measuring 20 inches or larger in circumference (approximately 6.5 inches in diameter), measured 4.5 feet from ground level.

  • Oak and indigenous trees include, but are not limited to:
    • California or Coast Live Oak
    • Blue Oak
    • California Black Oak
    • Valley Oak
    • Coast Redwood
    • White Alder
    • Red Alder
    • Bigleaf Maple
    • California Buckeye
    • Madrone
    • California Bay or Laurel
    • California Black Walnut
    • California Sycamore
    • Coast Red Elderberry

Permit Process: Click here for the tree removal permit application. Please note that the tree removal permit costs $125. If you have any questions, please contact Community & Economic Development at (925) 372-3515.

Oakland

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:

  • Trees that are 9 inches or greater in diameter at breast height
  • Coast Live Oak trees that are 4 inches or greater in diameter at breast height
  • Eucalyptus and Monterey Pine trees are exempt

Permit Process: Click for the tree removal permit application. Click here for their Tree Services Fact Sheet and FAQs and here to view the ordinance. Please call the Planning and Building Department’s Tree Service line at (510) 615-5934 with any questions.

Orinda

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:

  • An oak tree on a developed parcel which has a trunk diameter equal to or greater than twelve (12) inches at 4.5 feet above ground level
  • 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
  • A native riparian tree with a trunk diameter of four inches at 4.5 feet above ground level 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 ground level
  • A tree on a vacant or undeveloped parcel with a trunk diameter equal to or greater than six (6) inches at 4.5 feet above ground level, unless it is a tree identified on the Disallowed Plant List

Permit Process: Please click here for the tree removal permit application and contact the City of Orinda’s Planning Department at (925) 253-4210 for more information.

Pinole

Updated October 2020

Protected trees: All trees on developed property that meet the following conditions:

  • Any of the following native trees with a single perennial stem of 12 inches or larger in circumference (4″ in diameter) measured 4.5” feet above the natural grade.
    • Coast Live Oak
    • Madrone
    • Buckeye
    • Black Walnut
    • Redwood
    • Big Leafed Maple
    • Redbud
    • California Bay
    • Toyon
  • Any other non-native tree with a single perennial stem greater than 56 inches or larger in circumference (18″ in diameter) measured at 4.5 feet above the natural grade.

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.

Permit Process: Please click here for the Tree Removal Permit and contact the Planning Department at (510) 724-8912 if you have any questions. Please note that the permit costs $201 to submit.

Pleasant Hill

Updated October 2020

Protected trees: 

  • Any native oak tree measuring 9 inches or larger in diameter measured at 54 inches above the ground. 
  • Any indigenous tree measuring 9 inches or larger in diameter measured at 54 inches above the ground. Indigenous trees include but are not limited to:
    • Bigleaf Maple
    • California Bay or Laurel
    • California Black Walnut
    • California Buckeye
    • California Sycamore
    • Elderberry
    • Madrone
    • Red Alder
  • A non-native tree (with the exception of Eucalyptus) measuring 18 inches in diameter measured at 54 inches above the ground.
  • Any tree shown to be preserved on an approved tentative map, development or site plan or required to be retained as a condition of
    approval or environmental mitigation measure.
  • Any tree required to be planted as a replacement for an unlawfully removed tree.
  • Any tree designated as a “heritage tree.”

Permit Process: Click the following links for Tree Removal FAQ’s and the Tree Removal Permit Application. If you have any questions please call the Planning Department at 925-671-5209.

Pleasanton

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:

  • Any single-trunked tree with a circumference of fifty-five inches or more measured four and one half feet above ground level
  • Any multi-trunked tree of which the two largest trunks have a circumference of fifty-five inches or more measured four and one half feet above ground level
  • Any tree thirty-five feet or more in height
  • Any tree of particular historical significance specifically designated by official action
  • A stand of trees, the nature of which makes each dependent upon the other for survival or the area’s natural beauty

Permit Process: Click here for the residential tree removal permit application, or commercial tree removal permit application.  Click here for the City of Pleasanton’s website on Landscape Architecture and here for their brochure on the permit process. You can also view the municipal code here. For more information regarding the Heritage Tree Preservation Ordinance call the City’s Landscape Architect Assistant/Arborist at (925) 931-5514.

Richmond

As of October 2020, the City of Richmond does not have regulations regarding tree removal on private property. Please contact the Parks & Landscaping Division at (510) 231-3004 with any questions.

San Ramon

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:

  • If your property is a single family residence that cannot be further subdivided, you do not need a tree removal permit to remove a tree on your property EXCEPT if you wish to remove a native oak tree 6 inches in diameter measured 54 inches above the ground.
  • If a non-oak tree, not including a willow, fruit tree, eucalyptus, alder, cottonwood, or pine tree, is greater than 8 inches in diameter measured 54 inches above the ground and is on a commercial property or on a property owned by a Home Owner’s Association then a tree removal permit is required.

Permit Process: Click here for the tree removal 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. Please note that the cost is $200 for a residential property, $350 for a non-residential, administrative property, and $1,500 for a non-residential property that requires an architectural review meeting.

 

Vallejo

Updated October 2020

The City of Vallejo’s Tree Ordinance, found here, states that homeowners are responsible for maintaining any trees on their property. A permit is required for trimming trees, removing trees, and removing stumps.

Click here for more information, including the City’s tree trimming guidelines, planting standards, and approved tree list.

Permit Process: Permits can be picked up at City Hall at 555 Santa Clara Street on the second floor. For questions and more information, call the Trees & Landscape Department at 707-648-4209. Please note that the tree trimming permit is tree, and the tree removal permit is $51 for the first tree, and $51 for each additional tree on the same property.

Walnut Creek

Updated October 2020

Protected Trees:

  • All trees (dead or alive, public or private) located within City limits. Trees must be 9 inches in diameter or 28 inches in circumference, or larger, when measured at 4 1/2 feet above natural grade.

Permit Process: Click here for the tree removal permit application and here for more information on the permit process. Please contact the City at 925-943-5834 with any questions about tree removal. Please note there is a flat fee of $85-$100 for the permit.

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