TREE REMOVAL PERMITS
Most cities dictate that a tree removal permit is required if you wish to remove your tree. Yes, even if it’s on your property and even if YOU planted it! We’re serious, so please don’t shoot the messenger!
Click any of the links below that correspond to the city that you wish to remove a tree in. You should be directed to a page that provides the permit application you’re looking for, although, not every city makes their permits available online. Please understand that we are attempting to connect you to city websites and we cannot guarantee accurate content, and then sometimes a website won’t load for whatever reason. We try to keep up with noting those issues in the notes below. Any .pdf that opens in your browser is from that particular cities website, not ours. Modern browsers don’t automatically download a .pdf to your computer, the .pdf opens in another browser window
that gives you the opportunity to then download it to your computer.
The new mobile apps that adapt a website to fit on any sized screen seems to change the experience of browsing the internet. Sometimes searching for the permit application you need is best left for the desktop!
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In an effort to help the slaves circumvent the practiced and well-honed-bureaucratic-dastardly- tactics, we’ve included some “helpful” comments for some of the links below.
We hope to assist you in navigating your way through the bureaucratic goodness. Give us a call at (408) 374-8233 or contact us online.
Scroll down a bit to #16 to read about the process, or, click here for the permits.
This link will give you information about tree removals but will not provide the permit application itself. Scroll down a bit to Chapter 26 to read more about Gilroy’s tree ordinance. You can pick up a copy of the permit application at the Community Services Department at City Hall or call (408)-846-0444 to have one mailed to you.
• Half Moon Bay
The best bet is that you call the City Manager now, at 650-726-8270, or their assistant, at 650-726-8910…ooorrr…click on the “Title 7” link in the left margin and then click on the “7.40 Heritage Trees” link.
You can also call the City for more information at 650-375-7411.
This link will give you information about tree removals but will not provide a copy of the permit application itself. Looks like you’ll have to contact the City Parks and Recreation Commission at (831) 636-4390. To learn more about Hollister’s tree ordinance follow the links, Title 12 Streets, Sidewalks, and Public Places; Chapter 12.24 Street Trees.
• Los Altos Hills
This link will give you information about tree removals but will not provide the permit application itself. Best to give them a call… your guess is as good as ours! You can read the muicipal code by clicking on the “Title 12 PARKS AND RECREATION” link, then click on “Chapter 2.”
• Los Gatos
Visit the municipal code for a more thorough understanding.
• Morgan Hill
Scroll down to a bit and click on the “Tree Removal Permit” link for a downloadable .pdf.
• San Carlos
This link will give you information about tree removals but the link to download the permit is broken. Looks like you’ll have to contact the City Planning Department at (650)-802-4263.
• San Jose
Visit the municipal code for a more thorough understanding. The Department of Transportation will mail you the permit application for a street tree.But wait, there’s more! Street trees have their own dedicated link in the Municipal Code.
• Santa Clara
This link will give you information about tree removals but will not provide the permit application itself. Click on the “Title 12” link in the left margin then on “12.35.”
Visit the municipal code for a more thorough understanding. Click on “Title 19. ZONING;” then click on “Article 6. DISCRETIONARY PERMITS AND PROCEDURES;” then click on “Chapter 19.94. TREE PRESERVATION;” and viola!