Tree Removal Permits
Tree Preservation Ordinance
The City of South San Francisco is endowed and forested with a variety of healthy and valuable trees which must be protected and preserved. The preservation of trees is essential to the health, welfare and quality of life of the citizens of our City because these trees preserve the scenic beauty of our City, maintain ecological balance, prevent erosion of top soil, counteract air pollution and oxygenate the air, absorb noise, maintain climatic and microclimatic balance, help block wind, and provide shade and color.
For these reasons, the City of South San Francisco has adopted a new Tree Preservation Ordinance. Under this ordinance essentially no “protected tree” shall be removed or pruned without a permit.
For more information, visit the Tree Trimming / Planting / Removals page.
What is a “protected tree”?
- Any tree with a circumference of 48” or more when measured 54” above natural grade; or
- A tree or stand of trees so designated based upon findings that it is unique and of importance to the public due to its unusual appearance, location, historical significance; or
- A stand of trees whereby each tree is dependent upon the others for survival
What is the difference between pruning and trimming?
- Pruning means the removal of more than one third of the crown or existing foliage of the tree or more than one third of the root system.
- Trimming means the removal of less than one third of the crown or existing foliage of the tree or less than one third of the root system. Trimming a protected tree is allowed without a permit.
How much does a permit cost?
- The fee for a tree removal permit is $100 per permit submitted.
- Download a Protected Tree Pruning/Removal Permit Application, or call the Parks Division at (650) 829-3837.
What are the best kind of trees to plant in the City of South San Francisco?
- See the City's list of recommended trees for ideas on the best trees to plant in South San Francisco.