A tree pruning or removal permit is required to prune or remove any public tree and certain private trees. Public trees are those found on any land owned by the county (parks, building land, etc. On single-family or duplex lots, a permit is required to remove a tree the size of an ordinance, even if it's unhealthy or dead). In Sacramento, California, an owner needs a permit to remove a tree if it is an oak tree or is designated as a heritage tree.
In Menlo Park, California, all trees are heritage trees if the tree trunk is at least 47.1 inches in diameter when measured 54 inches above the ground. However, in San Mateo, California, all heritage trees are laurels, chestnut trees, oaks, cedars and redwoods. They must be 10 inches or more in diameter, measured 48 inches above the natural grade. The City of Fresno requires permits for most tree work, while Los Angeles protects only oak trees 8 inches or more in diameter measured 54 inches above the ground.
California's general rule allows a landowner to remove trees that grow on their own property and therefore belong to them, as long as the species is not legally protected. The City's Department of Transportation (DOT) issues no-cost permits to prune trees on streets and oversees their removal. Send the report to the owner of the tree and, if there is no action, take the matter to court to seek a court order and request an order to remove it. Patel cut the roots and Booska sued, claiming that cutting the roots had turned the tree into a nuisance that needed to be removed.
To apply for a permit, read the following information and complete the tree felling permit application. When a tree grows on one side of a property boundary, but the branches of the tree cross into a neighbor's property, the portion of the branches that cross the border line belong to the neighboring owner. It only occurs when a tree obstructs a solar easement granted under the Sun Shadow Control Act or when trees were deliberately planted out of spite. In California, no private citizen is allowed to cut down a tree on public land, and Californians can face serious legal consequences if they cut down any tree on someone else's property.
If it appears that the tree invasion may cause damage or a danger to life or property, consult a tree specialist to confirm the hazard. The pruner used a chain saw to cut important parts of the tree that were in the land of the tree owner. It is still the owner's responsibility to maintain the foliage on their trees in a way that avoids danger to others, and if a tree on one property damages a neighboring property, the owner may be responsible for its negligent maintenance. The City's Heritage Tree List identifies more than 100 trees with special meaning to the community because of their size, history, unusual species, or unique quality.
Tree removal fees include review of the permit application, electronic exemption, public notification and general plan update fees. Trees the size of an ordinance that are dead or dying (that don't have enough living branches or green leaves to sustain life) and that aren't simply inactive may qualify to be removed.