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 seven (7) working days to approve or deny the application.
- There is no fee for this application.
- If the permit if not utilized within twelve (12) 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 the tree's removal is necessary;
(c) An explanation as to why tree removal is more desirable than alternative project designs;
(d) An explanation of any mitigation measures;
(e) A fee per the City's fee schedule;
(f) 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 and Nut trees
2. Shamel Ash ( Fraxinus uhdei)
3. Ficuses, except Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla)
5. Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
6. Palm Tree
7. Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)
8. Carob (Ceratonia siliqua)
9. European White birch (Betula pedula)
10. Silk Oak (Grevillea robusta)
11. Mulberry (Morus)
12. Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
13. Italina Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
14. Western Cottonwood (Populous fremontii)
15. White Alder (Alnus rhombifolia)
16. Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa)
17. All other varieties and/or hybrids of cottonwood (Populus sp.)
18. Arroyo willow (Salix lasiolepis)
19. Sweet Gum (Liquidambar)