Heritage Tree and Street Tree Permits
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. Before filling out an application, it is important to identify what type of tree(s) you are working with.
Before filling out the application, it is important to identify what type of tree(s) you are working with.
Permit Application Process
Please read the following instructions carefully to avoid any improper use and/or fines:
Step 1: Submit a Tree Work Application
Mail/Drop Off: City of San Mateo – Trees Division
2001 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403
|Step 2: Review|
|Step 3: Notification Letters|
|Pruning Applications: |
Step 4: Permit Issued
The permit process takes several weeks so you must plan ahead!