Tree Removal Permit for Walnut Creek

Our customers often ask us about the rules and regulations that govern their tree-related projects. One question we get often is about Tree Removal Projects in Walnut Creek.

To help, here are the criteria for tree removal projects that necessitate a permit from the city of Walnut Creek.

A. Criteria:

  1. Any tree (dead or alive, public or private) located within City limits. Trees must be 9 inches in diameter or 28 inches in circumference, or larger, when measured at 4 1/2 feet above natural grade to require a permit.

  2. Removal requests must be in writing and come from the owner of the tree (except in case of emergency). The written request must state reason(s) for removal and any other pertinent information. Note: because a tree drops leaves or needles is not a valid reason for removal.

  3. The request must include the tree’s site address, clear directions of the tree(s) location on the property, a return address with zip code, telephone number where the owner may be contacted, and approximate date of intended removal if known.

  4. Up to ten (10) working days after receipt of request may be needed for field evaluation (except in case of emergency).

  5. After the letter of request has been received, a site visit will be made by City Arborist to evaluate the tree(s) using the following criteria:

    1. Disease

    2. Species

    3. Form

    4. Health

    5. Structure

    6. Public nuisance

    7. Danger of falling

    8. The proximity of existing structures

    9. Utility interference

    10. Sidewalk or driveway damage

    11. Acts as vector host

    12. Removal to be a benefit or detriment to other trees on site

  6. If the tree removal request is approved, the permit will be mailed soon after the field evaluation has been completed.

  7. If the tree removal request is rejected, the owner will be notified and given an opportunity to appeal the decision to the Public Services Director. A copy of the Appeals Procedure will be attached to the rejection.

  8. The tree removal permit and copy of the landscape contractor’s Walnut Creek business license must be on-site at the time of physical removal or the work may be issued a stop-work notice and a citation.

If your tree removal projects fall within the above criteria, provide a non-refundable application fee per permit (maximum 4 trees per permit), along with an application to the city as provided per the following link –> here <–¬†

For more information… visit the City of Walnut Creek’s webpage –> here <– for the most up-to-date and accurate information on this subject. For additional help, please contact the city as listed on their website.

NOTE: It is always a good idea for a property owner to only hire fully insured tree services. Get at least three quotes and be sure to describe the work you want to be done.

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  1. I was wondering how I get my drip line for my tree evaluated. I need to know how close to the tree I can build but from what I read is that I need to get a determination of drip line. The tree is on a hill and his an irregular canopy so I guess it would go by the trunk method? Who can I contact to get this evaluated.

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