ALAMEDA COUNTY TREE REMOVAL, TREE TRIMMING, TREE PLANTING PERMIT INFO
Highlights of the Alameda County tree ordinance. The complete Alameda County Tree Ordinance can be found here: http://www.acgov.org/pwa/programs/tree/tree_ordinance.htm
All trees located within the Alameda County right-of-way are protected. Trees are defined as any woody perennial plant characterized by 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 at 54 inches above ground level. It also includes trees that have been planted as replacement trees under the Alameda County Tree Ordinance or any trees planted by Alameda County.
The tree removal, tree trimming, tree planting permit process:
An applicant completes the tree removal, trimming, planting permit application and submits it to the Public Works Agency along with fee, if required. Permit applications can be submitted by mail or in person at the Alameda County Permit Center located at 399 Elmhurst St. Upon receipt of the completed tree removal, trimming, planting application and payment, the Public Works Agency staff will issue a receipt of payment, inspect the tree, evaluate the proposed work for ordinance compliance, approve, or deny the permit application, and notify the applicant by mail.
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Property owners who retain an arborist, tree service, or landscaper in possession of an Annual Non-Site Specific permit do not need to apply for an individual permit for tree removal, tree trimming, or tree planting.
Removal of trees within the Alameda County road right-of-way is restricted. Permits for tree removal will generally only be issued if:
• The tree is dead, dying, terminally diseased, or storm damaged.
• The tree has damaged the roadway, including the sidewalk, curb, gutter, or pavement.
• The tree presents a hazard to life or property which cannot reasonably be reduced to an acceptable level without tree removal.
• The tree removal is part of an approved development of the adjacent property.
When trees are removed, the stumps must be removed and a new tree must be planted.
A permit is required for all tree trimming within the Alameda County right-of-way with the exception of minor tree trimming of branches that are one inch in diameter or less. All tree trimming must be done in accordance with the International Society of Arboriculture Tree Pruning Guidelines and the Standard Practices for Tree Care Operations: Tree, Shrub, and other Woody Plant Maintenance (ANSI A300) and must be done by a licensed tree service or arborist. Tree topping or “heading back” is not permitted under the Alameda County Tree Ordinance.
Trees planted within the Alameda County right-of-way must be approved by Alameda County regarding tree species, size, and location and must be maintained by the property owner. Before an approved tree planting permit is issued the Alameda County Arborist will review and approve the tree species requested and the planting location. The property owner will be responsible for properly planting and maintaining the tree, including watering, mulching, and pruning. Approved tree species can be found on the Alameda County Recommended Tree List.
ALAMEDA COUNTY RECOMMENDED TREE LIST
Small size planting strip: 18″ – 3′ tree planting space or under overhead high-voltage lines
• Trident Maple (Acer buergeranum)
• Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
• California Redbud (Cercis occidentalis)
• Hybrid Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia x ‘fauriei’, ‘Biloxi’ , ‘Fantasy’ , ‘ Natchez’ , ‘ Muskogee’ , ‘Tuscorora’ , ‘ Wichita’)
• Flowering Plum (Prunus blireiana)
• Carolina Laurel Cherry (Prunus caroliniana)
• Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’)
• Swamp Myrtle (Tristania laurina)
Medium size planting strip: 3′-5′ tree planting space
• Heritage River Birch (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’)
• Panicled Golden Raintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
• Green Showers Mayten (Maytenus boaria ‘Green Showers’)
• Chinese Pistache (Pistachia chinensis)
• Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus var. augustifolius)
• Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
Large size planting area: tree planting space greater than 5′
• Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
• Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba)
• Canary Island Pine (Pinus canariensis)
• London Planetree (Sycamore hybrid) (Platanus acerifolia ‘ Columbia ‘)
• Aristocrat Flowering Pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘ Aristocrat ‘)
• Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
• Cork Oak (Quercus suber)
CITY OF ALAMEDA, CA TREE REMOVAL PERMIT
It is illegal to remove any palm tree in the public right-of-way on Burbank Street and Portola Avenue, any street tree on Thompson and Central Avenues, and any Coastal Live Oak with a 10” or greater diameter measured at 54” above ground, without first obtaining a Certificate of Approval from the Historical Advisory Board. Call the City of Alameda Permit Office at (510) 747-6800 for permit application. See the full text of the City of Alameda, CA Tree Ordinance, and tree protection updates, at:
No tree removal permit is required to remove a tree on private residential property in the City of Alameda with the exception of Live Oak trees.
The Maintenance Services Division works with other City of Alameda divisions within the Public Works Department to maintain the City’s street trees. Call Maintenance Services at (510) 747-7900 before tree removal or tree trimming to avoid violating the Alameda Tree Ordinance.
BERKELEY, CA TREE REMOVAL & TREE PRUNING PERMIT
The information listed below is a summary of tree removal and tree pruning policies for the City of Berkeley. More inclusive information on tree removal, tree pruning, and tree care for Berkeley, CA trees can be found at: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=8826
There is a moratorium on the removal of any single stem Coast Live Oak (aka California Live Oak) with a circumference of 18 inches or more, and any multi-stemmed Coast Live Oak tree with an aggregate circumference of 26 inches or more at a distance of 4 feet above ground level within the City of Berkeley. An exception may be made if the tree is a potential danger to life or limb due to the condition of the tree and the only reasonable mitigation would be removal of the tree.
A tree trimming or tree removal permit is required from the Director of Recreation and Parks for any person to cut, trim, or remove any tree on City of Berkeley public property.
The policy of the City of Berkeley is to protect all public trees from needless removal. The City reviews tree removal requests on a case-by-case basis. Tree removal of public trees may be deemed justified for a variety of conditions, such as, if the tree is dead or dying, the tree is deemed hazardous, the tree may have poor structural integrity, the tree may have insect, disease, or fruiting problems.
Any person having questions concerning tree pruning on any City of Berkeley street trees may call the Parks Division Field Office, Forestry Unit at (510) 981-6660 or TDD (510) 981-6903 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Berkeley, CA Oak Tree Ordinance can be found at:
DUBLIN, CA HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE
A permit is required to remove any of the following trees from any property within the City of Dublin, CA: any Bay, Buckeye, Cypress, Maple, Oak, Redwood, or Sycamore tree having a trunk or main stem of 24 inches or more in diameter, measured at 54” above natural grade.
It is also prohibited to remove any tree that has been preserved as part of a Development Agreement, Zoning Permit, Use Permit, Site Development Review, Subdivision Map, or planted as a replacement for an unlawfully removed tree.
A tree removal permit is not needed under the following conditions:
• Removal of a heritage tree that presents an immediate hazard to life or property, with the approval of the Director, City Engineer, Police Chief, Fire Chief or their designee.
• Removal that is specifically approved as part of a city-approved planned development plan, conditional use permit, site development review, or subdivision map.
• Tree pruning of heritage trees that conforms with the guidelines of the International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Pruning Guidelines. A current edition of the Tree Pruning Guidelines is on file with the City of Dublin Community Development Department.
Find the complete, and updated, Dublin, CA Heritage Tree Ordinance here:
Additional information on how to comply with the Heritage Tree Ordinance can be found at the City of Dublin, CA website: http://www.ci.dublin.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=367
LIVERMORE, CA TREE ACTION PERMIT
The Tree Preservation Ordinance for the City of Livermore protects native tree species with a trunk circumference of 24 inches or more and non-native trees with a trunk circumference of 60 inches or more.
The complete Tree Preservation Ordinance can be found in Section 12.20 of the Livermore Municipal Code.
Tree Trimming in Livermore
It is the property owner’s responsibility in Livermore to maintain the street trees next to their property. Tree trimming should be done according to standards put forth by the International Society of Arboriculture. Trees should be maintained to a clearance of 8 feet above ground level over sidewalks and 10 feet above ground level over roadways. A Tree Action Permit is required for extensive structural tree pruning. Health and safety pruning does not require a permit.
Tree Removal in Livermore
A Tree Action Permit is required to remove a street tree in the City of Livermore, CA. Tree removal is approved on an individual basis after an arborist’s inspection.
For a Tree Action Permit for tree trimming or tree removal for the City of Livermore visit:
Questions regarding tree trimming or tree removal should be directed to the City of Livermore Maintenance Division at 925-960-8020.
CITY OF OAKLAND, CA TREE PROTECTION ORDINANCE
A tree removal permit is necessary before removing a protected tree or before doing work that might damage or destroy a protected tree. Protected trees are Coast Live Oak 4” or larger in diameter at 4.5’ above ground level and any other tree species 9” or larger in diameter at 4.5’ above ground level. Eucalyptus trees and Monterey Pine trees are excluded from the tree protection ordinance, but Oakland city staff must verify pine tree removal requests to confirm that the tree is a Monterey Pine.
The tree removal process may be waived for hazardous trees. If the tree is an immediate threat to the safety of people or property a City of Oakland representative will inspect the tree within 24 hours of a request. A tree removal permit waiver must be requested by the owner of the tree.
Find out more about the City of Oakland Tree Protection Ordinance, including any updated information at: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/o/FE/o/TreeServices/OAK023057
A tree removal permit for the City of Oakland, CA can be found at:
CITY OF PLEASANTON, CA TREE PRESERVATION ORDINANCE
Heritage tree removal requires a free tree removal permit from the City of Pleasanton Landscape Architect. Heritage trees can be public or private trees and may be any tree species meeting the following characteristics:
• Any single trunked tree with a circumference of 55 inches or more at a height of 4.5 feet above ground level.
• Any multi-trunked tree where the two largest trunks have a circumference of 55 inches or more at a height of 4.5 feet above ground level.
• Any tree that is 35 feet or more in height.
• Any tree of particular historical significance that the City of Pleasanton has specifically designated as a heritage tree.
• A stand of trees where each is dependent on the other for survival or the natural beauty of the area.
The City of Pleasanton Landscape Architect will inspect the tree after a tree removal application is filled out and submitted. Tree removal is usually approved if the tree is dead, dying, or diseased and proper tree care practices cannot be taken to preserve the tree. The results of the tree inspection will be mailed. There is an appeal process that can be followed if the tree removal request is not approved.
In the case of a hazardous tree a person may remove or trim a heritage tree with a permit. The tree must be an immediate threat to people, property, structures or other heritage trees and the Landscape Architect will still need to be notified of the tree removal or tree trimming. Fines or penalties will be levied if it is later determined tree removal or tree trimming was done and it was not an emergency situation.
The City of Pleasanton Landscape Architect can be reached at: 925-931-5672.
Heritage tree pruning is to be done by a licensed tree service and needs to comply with tree pruning guidelines established by the International Society of Arboriculture, Best Management Practices – Tree Pruning and any other special conditions determined by the City of Pleasanton Landscape Architect. A certified arborist or consulting arborist shall be in reasonable charge of activities involving heritage trees for developments where a tree report is required.
A copy of the complete City of Pleasanton Tree Protection Ordinance, including any updated ordinances, here: http://qcode.us/codes/pleasanton/view.php?topic=17-17_16&frames=on
An application for the removal of a heritage tree removal can be found at: