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|Tree Information and Permits|
Saratoga is primarily a residential community where the economic values of properties are closely tied to the rural attractiveness of the city, much of which is attributable to the trees. The intent of the City’s Tree Regulations is to provide a sustainable urban forest and to balance the rights of property owners with basic standards for the maintenance, removal and replacement of trees. Therefore, permits are needed before the removal of a tree protected by City Code, or pruning that is not consistent with International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) pruning guidelines. Tree preservation plans are needed before any construction work is performed under protected trees.
The following trees are considered "protected trees".
• Native trees with a DBH of 6" or greater (19" in circumference measured 4.5 feet above ground).
| • Big Leaf Maple || • Black Oak || |
| • Blue Oak || • CA Buckeye |
| • Coast Redwood || • Coast Live Oak |
| • Douglas Fir || • Scrub Oak |
| • Tan Oak || • Valley Oak |
• All other species with a DBH of 10" or greater (31" in circumference measured 4.5 feet above the ground)
DBH = diameter at breast height
To view if a tree removal permit has been obtained for a particular property, visit the City's E-trakit site. When making a selection, search under "Projects".
To report a tree being illegally removed, please call the Sheriff's Office at 408.299.3233.
For more information:
Kate Bear, City Arborist