Permits

This page is meant to be a resource. The information concerning each cities tree protection ordinance is current as of January 2010. 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. Waraner Bros. Tree Service is not responsible for any misunderstanding arising from this information.

City Of Alameda Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees: Native Live Oak trees and palm trees on Burbank and Portola streets
All trees on Central and Thompson streets

Permit Process: Please call 510-747-6800 for permit application.

Alameda County Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees: All trees located within the County right-of-way are protected. "Trees": 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 (DBH). (Sec. 12.11.100.A) Click here to view the entire code.

Click here for the Tree Permit Application

Click here for Information on the permit process

City of Antioch Tree Removal Permit Information

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

  • 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: Please contact the City at 925-779-6950 and they will send you an application.

City of Berkeley Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected trees: Any single stem Coast Live Oak tree or 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 up from the ground within the City of Berkeley. An exception may be made if the tree is 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.

Click here of the Ordinance

City of Benecia Tree Removal Permit Information

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

  • All fruit trees 18" or larger in diameter at 48" above grade

  • All Native Trees (listed below) 8" and larger in diameter at 48" above grade

    • Blue oak

    • Black walnut

    • Buckeye

    • Box elder

    • California Bay

    • Live oak

    • Valley/white oak

    • Willow

  • All other trees 12" or larger in diameter and larger at 48" above grade

Permit Process:  Please contact the city at (707) 746-4285 with questions or for more information

City of Clayton Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees: Trees 6" in diameter at 54" above grade require a permit for removal on private or public property.

Click here for the Tree Permit Application

Contra Costa County Tree Removal Permit Information

Here is what the County has to say 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)335-1381 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

  • Bigleaf Maple

  • Black Cottonwood

  • Blue Oak

  • Box Elder

  • California Sycamore

  • California Buckeye

  • California Juniper

  • California Black Oak

  • California Bay or Laurel

  • California Black Walnut

  • Canyon Live Oak

  • Coast Live Oak

  • Coast Red Elderberry

  • Coast Redwood

  • Digger Pine

  • Fremont Cottonwood

  • Interior Live Oak

  • Knobcone Pine

  • Madrone

  • Tanoak or Tanbark Oak

  • Toyon

  • Valley Oak

  • White Alder

  • Yellow Willow

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 application please call: Community Development for permit 925-335-1381

City Of Concord Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees

  • Any tree in the city, whether located on public or private property, which is at least 72 inches in circumference (approximately 24 inches in diameter) measured 4 1/2 feet above natural or established grade.

  • A multi-stemmed tree which has one stem of at least 24 inches or more in circumference .

  • 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.

Permit Process:  For information on obtaining a residential tree removal permit, contact the Public Works-Maintenance Services Parks Division at (925) 671-3444

Information on correct trimming: http://www.cityofconcord.org /pw/trees/treecare.htm

Town Of Danville Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees: Any tree measuring over 36" in diameter at four and one-half (4-1/2) above grade.  Also, any of the following native trees having a trunk or main stem which measures ten (10) inches or greater in diameter measured four and one-half (4-1/2) feet above natural grade or, for a multi-stemmed tree, a combination of trunks totaling twenty (20) inches or greater in diameter measured four and one-half (4-1/2) feet above natural grade, on any type of lot or property:

  • Canyon Live Oak (Quercus Chrysol)

  • Blue Oak (Quercus Doulgassi)

  • California Black Oak (Quercus Kelloggi)

  • Interior Live Oak (Quercus Wislizenii)

  • White Alder (Alnus Rhombifolia)

  • California Bay (Umbellularia California)

  • Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifola)

  • Valley Oak (Quercus Lobata)

  • California Buckeye (Aesculus Californica)

  • California Sycamore (Platanus Racemosa)

  • Madrone (Arbutus Menziesii)

  • London Plane Tree (Platanus Acerifolia)

 

For detailed information on the permit process click here

Click to download the Tree Permit Application.  If you have any questions on the process please call the town’s Planning Division at  (925) 314-3310 to talk to the Planner of the day.
Please note: The permit application requires a letter from a Certified Arborist- we can provide this service for you.

City Of Lafayette Tree Removal Permit Information

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

1. Located on a developed property, that 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 )

2. Of any size or species and designated to be protected and preserved as part of an approved development application;

 

3. 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 )

For more information please call the City of Lafayette Planning Services Division at 925-284-1976.

Town of Moraga Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees: A permit is required to cut down any tree having a trunk diameter of 5-iches or more measured 3-feet above the natural grade or a tree having multiple trunks with a total perimeter of 40-inches or more and is a:

  • Native tree (Bay, Oak, Redwood, Toyon, or Knobcone Pine Tree)

  • 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 located on residentially zoned property;

  • The removal of a tree located on a residentially zoned property that is located 5-feet or closer to a structure

  • 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.

For more information please call the town at (925) 376-5200.

City of Martinez Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees: Trees with trunk diameters of 6.5" @ 54" above grade including all oaks, bay, buckeye, redwood, alders, big leaf maple, madrone, black walnut, Ca. sycamore, & elderberry.   Any tree 6.5" in diameter that is on commercial or industrial properties.

Click for the Tree Removal Permit Application

City of Oakland Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees: Coast live oaks 4" in diameter @ 54" above grade. All trees (with the exception of Eucalyptus and Monterey pine) that are 9" in diameter. Eucalyptus & Monterey pine are not protected.

City of Orinda Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees:

1. A tree located on an assessor's parcel upon which there is an existing structure, which is of the following species and which has a trunk diameter equal to or greater than twelve (12) inches at 4.5 feet above its existing grade:

  • Valley oak (Quercus lobata)

  • Coast Live oak (Quercus agrifolia)

  • Black oak (Quercus kelloggii)

  • White oak (Quercus garryana)

  • Canyon oak (Quercus chrysolepis)

  • Blue oak (Quercus douglasii),

  • Interior live oak (Quercus wislizenii)

2. 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;


3. A native riparian tree with a trunk diameter of four inches at 4.5 feet above its existing grade 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 its existing grade. "Riparian tree" is a tree within thirty (30) feet of the edge of a creek bank or a tree beyond thirty (30) feet but in such proximity to a creek bank that it requires or tolerates soil moisture levels in excess of that available in adjacent uplands;


4. A tree with a trunk diameter equal to or greater than six inches in diameter at 4.5 feet above its existing grade on a vacant or undeveloped assessor's parcel.

Click for the Tree Removal Permit Application

City of Pleasant Hill Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected trees:  Any native oak tree measuring 12 inches or larger in diameter measured at 24 inches above the ground.  A non-native tree measuring 24 inches in diameter measured at 24 inches above. Any native tree measuring 12 inches or larger in diameter measured at 24 inches above the ground. Indigenous trees include but are not limited to:

  • Alnus Oregona (Red Alder)

  • Acer Macrophyllum (Bigleaf Maple)

  • Aesculus Californica ( California Buckeye)

  • Arbutus Menziesii (Madrone)

  • Umbellularia Californica (California Bay or Laurel)

  • Juglans Hindsii ( California Black Walnut)

  • Platanus Racemosa ( California Sycamore)

  • Sambucus Mexicana (Elderberry)

Click for the Tree Removal Permit Application link.   If you have any questions please call the Planning Department at: 925-671-5209

To view the full code (#18.50.110) please visit: http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/pleasanthillpdf.html and view chapter 18, section 50.110.

City of Pleasanton Tree Removal Permit Information

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;

Click for information on the permit process 

Click here for the Tree Removal Permit Application.   Please contact the city at 925-931-5672 with questions.

City of San Ramon Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees:

  • If your property is a single family residence that cannot be further subdivided then 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.

Click for the Tree Removal Permit Application (application on page 5 of form).  Please contact the City's Planning Department at (925) 973-2560 with questions.

City of Walnut Creek Tree Removal Permit Information

Protected Trees: All trees with a trunk circumference of 28" or more (9" DBH) measured at 54", or an aggregate circumference of a multi stemmed tree of over 40".  UPDATE: As of 7/1/2010 there will be a $50.00 charge per permit (each permit can cover up to 4 trees).

Please contact the City at 925-943-5834 with questions.

Please reload

I discovered these guys as they were doing some work for a neighbor. I called Ed and he came right out, gave me some good advice about my trees and told me the best way to keep them healthy. I hired Ed and his team to shape/trim/prune about 6 trees. It was a pretty big job and involved using a cherry picker so they could get the tops of some pretty big trees. The crew showed up on time, worked very hard and cleaned up everything. They were friendly and most importantly did an excellent job at a fair price. I would not hesitate to recommend them or use them in the future.

Jim, Lafayette

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

© 2018 by Waraner Bros. Tree Service.

Proudly created with Wix.com

  • Yelp Social Icon
  • Facebook_icon
This site was designed with the
.com
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now