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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 tree trunk measurment
 • 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.

 General Information Handouts:

• Tree Removal and Protection - defines protected trees and outlines permit process 
Selecting an Arborist to perform tree work - for obtaining  a tree contractor to perform work
Arborist report requirements -for construction projects that will occur near trees
• Tree Regulations (City Code Section 15-50)
Saratoga (Oak) Tree Protection and Care Handbook - how to protect and maintain oaks
 
 Forms:

• Tree Removal Permit Application  
Deposit Agreement Form
Tree protection Security Deposit Form 
Permission for arborist to use plans in report 

Heritage Tree Application


 Links:
 Heritage Tree Society of Saratoga - photos of outstanding trees in Saratoga
        http://heritagetreesofsaratoga.org/

 Cal Poly Selectree - information and photos of trees
        http://selectree.calpoly.edu/

 American Society of Consulting Arborists - Referrals for consulting arborists
        http://www.asca-consultants.org/

 Tree are Good - Tree care information and tree company referrals
        http://treesaregood.com/

 University of California Cooperative Extension - Master Gardener information, Pest Notes
        http://cesantaclara.ucanr.edu/
        http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/menu.homegarden.html

 California Oak Mortality Task Force (for sudden oak death)
        http://www.suddenoakdeath.org

For more information:
Kate Bear, City Arborist 
(408) 868-1276