A “Heritage Tree” is defined as any tree with the following characteristics:
For the complete Heritage Tree Ordinance, see Chapter 32 (Urban Forestry) of the City Code.
Any heritage tree(s) proposed for removal requires a permit through either the Parks Division or Planning Division, depending on the type of property:
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) 903-6326 or visit their Heritage Tree application page.
All Other Properties
For heritage tree removals located on any of the following properties, please submit an application to the Planning Division:
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.
For single-family properties, please submit an application to the Parks Division at 231 N. Whisman Road (City's Municipal Operations Center).
For all other properties, please submit the following application materials to the Planning Division at 500 Castro Street, Community Development Department (City Hall):