Protected Trees & Regulations
Tree Preservation Regulations
Protected Trees & Exceptions
1. Oak Trees
2. Sycamore Trees
The following situations are exempt from the Oak Tree Permit requirements:
- Tree removal has been specifically approved as part of a development permit, i.e., tentative parcel map, conditional use permit, modification, etc. This is called a “Combined Permit.
- Removal or relocation of oak trees is necessary to obtain adequate line-of-sight distances, as required by the Director of Public Works.
- Actions taken for the protection of existing electrical power or communication lines or other property of a public utility
Visit the Homeowners Association page to view a map detailing the area of each Homeowners Association, or contact the Planning Division at (626) 574-5423 to determine if you are located in one of these neighborhoods. If you live in one of these areas, you should check with your Association before removing any tree.
Removal of Diseased and/or Hazardous Oak Trees
Oak Tree Permit Requirements for Removal of Diseased and/or Hazardous Oak Trees:
- An application must be filed with Planning Services and must include an evaluation from a Certified Arborist as to the condition of the tree(s) that is to be removed. The Development Services Director or designee then has ten (10) working days to approve or deny the application.
- There is no fee for this application.
- If the permit if not utilized within six (6) months from the date of approval or conditional approval, the application shall become null and void.
- If the application is denied, the decision may be appealed to the Planning Commission. The fee for an appeal shall be the same as for an Architectural Design Review.
Requirements for Removal of a Healthy Protected Tree
(b) An explanation as to why tree removal is more desirable than alternative project designs;
(c) An explanation of any mitigation measures;
(d) A fee per the City's fee schedule;
(e) A fee, as deemed necessary by the Director, for the City to hire a Certified Arborist to evaluate the tree and potential locations for replacement trees, accompanied by appropriate photographs showing the existing tree to be removed and locations for replacement trees.
List of Unprotected Trees
1. Fruit trees
2. Fraxinus uhdei (Shamel Ash)
3. Ficuses – Exception: Ficus macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig)
5. Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven)
6. Arecaceae (Palm Tree)
7. Schinus terebinthifolius (Brazilian Pepper)
8. Ceratonia siliqua (Carob)
9. Betula pendula (European White Birch)
10. Grevillea robusta (Silk Oak)
11. Morus (Mulberry)
12. Acer saccharinum (Silver Maple)
13. Cupressus sempervirens (Italian cypress)
14. Populus Fremontii (Western Cottonwood)
15. Alnus rhombifolia (White Alder)
16. Populus trichocarpa (Black Cottonwood)
17. Populus ‘Highland’ hybrid
18. Salix lasiolepis (Arroyo Willow)
19. Liquidambars (Sweet Gum)