Aside from trees, general landscaping improvements on private property are regulated by the City in the following manner:

  • Single-Family homes in the R1, R2 and R3 Districts without a Home Owners Association (HOA) do not require planning permits for landscaping modifications.
  • All other residential, commercial and industrial properties require permits for landscaping modifications, such as the removal or planting of new landscaping materials, new sidewalks and pathways, removal of swimming pools, or conversion of common areas. Depending on the scope of work, permits may be required from multiple Departments, including Planning, Building, or Public Works. Trimming of existing hedges or replanting of annuals do not need a permit.  
Water-Efficient Landscaping

In 2010, the City adopted Water Conversation in Landscaping Regulations  in an effort to encourage smartly-designed landscaping that reduces water consumption. These regulations were subsequently updated in 2016 and apply to the following projects:

  • Any project requiring a Planning permit where 500 sq. ft. or more of new or rehabilitated landscaping is proposed. Excluded from these regulations are R1- and R2-zoned properties, historic properties, community gardens, or commercial agriculture.
Corner Lots with Landscaping

For vehicle, pedestrian and bicyclists safety, the city regulates the height of landscaping along corner properties at street intersections. The regulated area, known as the triangle of visibility, is defined as a triangle measuring 35 feet from two intersecting property lines as shown in the graphic below:

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Within this triangle, landscaping must be 3’ or less in height or 6’ and greater in height, resulting in clear visibility between 3’ to 6’ in height for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to see oncoming traffic.