Updated: July 12, 2021
Current modifications to Heritage Tree appeal process:
City Hall is now open to the public. The Clerk’s Office is open for drop in’s with a capacity of one person in the lobby area and will be open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is recommended that any person wishing to appeal a heritage tree posting call and make an appointment with the City Clerk’s office at 650 903 6304. Appeals must be scheduled and processed by the date indicated on the posting. This modifies Section 32.31 of the City of Mountain View Code slightly as to the process due to Corona Virus.
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Mountain View’s City Code (Chapter 32, Article II) defines a “Heritage Tree” as a tree with any of the following characteristics:
A tree trunk with a circumference of forty-eight inches (48") or more, measured at fifty-four inches (54") above natural grade. Multi-trunk trees are measured just below the first major trunk fork.
Any of the following three species of trees with a circumference of twelve inches (12”) or more, measured at fifty-four inches (54”) above natural grade.
A grove(s) of trees designated as “heritage” by the City Council.
Mountain View’s ordinance states that if you own or control real property in the City, you are responsible for maintaining and preserving all Heritage trees in a state of good health. It is against the City ordinance to willfully injure, damage, destroy, move or remove a Heritage tree unless granted a removal permit by the City.
Any Heritage Tree(s) proposed for removal requires a removal permit, which is issued by either the Community Services Department’s Forestry & Roadway Division or the Community Development Department’s Planning Division, depending on the type of property:
Single family homes or multi-family up to 4 units are processed by the Community Services Department’s Forestry & Roadway Division.
All other properties, including multi-family over 4 units, commercial, industrial, etc. are processed by the Community Development Department’s Planning Division.
Please refer to “Heritage Tree Removal Permit Process” for more information.
The Urban Forestry Board (UFB) is a City Council Advisory Body made up of the members of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Tree appeals that have been processed by the Community Services Department’s Forestry & Roadway Division are reviewed by the UFB.
For single family and multi-family up to 4 units, you can subscribe to MyMV to be notified when an application has been submitted or an appeal has been filed.
Community Services Department’s Forestry & Roadway Division (removal applications)
231 N. Whisman, Mountain View CA
City Clerk’s Office (appeals)
500 Castro St., 1st Floor, Mountain View CA
Community Development Department’s Planning Division
500 Castro St., 1st Floor, Mountain View, CA
Forestry & Roadway Division
231 North Whisman Road
Mountain View, CA 94043