- Parks and Recreation
- Heritage Tree and Street Tree Permits
Heritage Tree and Street Tree Permits
The City of San Mateo regulates specific tree work including:
- All work performed on trees located in the public right of way (i.e. Street Trees)
- The removal and pruning of Heritage Trees on private property
It is important to know if your planned tree work will require a Tree Work Permit from the Department of Parks & Recreation. It is unlawful to perform the following types of tree work without a City-issued permit:
- Removal of a Heritage Tree
- Pruning more than 25% of the crown or existing foliage of a Heritage Tree
- Removal of any roots within 6 times the trunk diameter of a Heritage Tree
- Removing or pruning any roots or foliage of any Street Tree
The instructions below will guide you through the permit process. Please begin by filling out a Tree Work Application.
Permit Application Process
Before filling out the application, it is important to identify what type of tree(s) you are working with.
- Find out if your tree is considered a Heritage Tree
- Find out if your tree is considered a Street Tree
Permit Application Instructions
Please read the following instructions carefully to avoid any improper use and/or fines:
|Submit the application to the Parks Department by email, mail, or drop off.|
The Managing Arborist will inspect the applicant's site to confirm if the permit request can be granted.
All property owners and renters whose properties surround the applicant's property will be notified in writing of the arborist’s decision to grant a permit and will have ten days to appeal.
After ten days (or when any appeals are resolved) the property owner can pick up the permit at the Parks and Recreation counter at 2001 Pacific Blvd.