Any heritage tree(s) proposed for removal require(s) a permit either by the Parks Division or Planning Division, depending on the type of property and scope of work:
For heritage tree removals located at a single-family home in the R1, R2 or R3 zoning district, please contact the Parks Division at (650) 903-6273 or visit their Heritage Tree application page to apply for a Heritage Tree Removal permit.
All Other Properties
For heritage tree removals proposed at any of the following listed property types, please see instructions further below to identify which City Department you will need to submit an application to based on the scope of work:
- A multi-unit residential development with or without a Home Owners Association (HOA), such as a small-lot single-family home, townhome, rowhome, condominium, or apartment;
- Any property within a Precise Plan area or a Planned Unit Development (PUD) with or without an HOA. You can look up the zoning of your property to determine if it is in a Precise Plan on our website. Type your address in the bar above the interactive map; or
- Any commercial or industrial properties.
Three (3) or Fewer Heritage Tree Removals: If the scope of work includes removal of up to three (3) Heritage trees only, with no other building or site construction activity subject to a development permit with the Planning Division, then please contact the Parks Division at (650) 903-6273 or visit their Heritage Tree application page to apply for a Heritage Tree Removal Permit.
Four (4) or More Heritage Tree Removals or Any Number of Heritage Tree Removals with a Development Permit: If the scope of work includes removal of four (4) or more Heritage trees, then a development permit and Heritage Tree Removal Permit are required from the Planning Division. Alternatively, if any number of Heritage trees are proposed to be removed in combination with any building or site construction activity that is subject to development permit from the Planning Division, then permits are required from the Planning Division, including a Heritage Tree Removal Permit. In either scope of work, an Administrative Zoning public hearing is required and no trees can be removed until after the permit has been approved and the 10-day appeal period has ended. Please contact the Planning Division for questions at (650) 903-6306 or email@example.com.