If you live in Los Angeles, some ordinances and laws involve tree removal. If you need to get rid of a tree, it’s best to be familiar with them so the job can be done properly. In some cases, you can remove trees on private property without a permit, but most of the time, a permit must be obtained to legally cut down a tree. When you need tree removal in Los Angeles, it’s best to get in touch with the county and then hire the professionals here at Castillo Landscaping and Tree Service to do the work for you. Keep reading to find out more.
When is a Tree Removal Permit Needed?
Anytime a tree needs to be removed from public property, a permit is necessary. That includes streets, recreation centers, and parks. You’ll need to get in touch with the commissioner for that property to work on obtaining a permit. In some cases, you can remove a dead or dying tree that is posing a safety risk without getting a permit. Check with the commissioner for the rules regarding this.
Tree Removal on Private Property
Generally, trees on private property are your responsibility and you won’t need a permit to remove one or more. However, you will need a permit if the tree is on the protected tree list. Any tree that is a native species and measures at least 4 inches in diameter and is at least 4 ½ feet tall is protected and you will need to obtain a permit to get rid of it. That includes the following tree species:
- California Bay
- Western Sycamore
- Southern California Black Walnut
- Oak trees
- Heritage trees
- Special habitat value trees
- Common Park trees
These trees are protected for a variety of reasons, including for shade, aesthetic purposes, sentimentality, environmental and economic reasons. You can check with the county to determine if any of the trees on your property are considered protected.
Where to Get a Permit
You will need to fill out an application for a tree removal permit with the Bureau of Street Services. Once filled out, you can bring the application to the Urban Forestry public counter, where it will be reviewed. Applications are only accepted in person. You cannot mail, email, or fax them. Once approved, you are then able to contact us to have a professional come and remove the tree for you. Attempting tree removal without a permit can result in a fine of up to $200 and a jail sentence of no more than 50 days.
Who to Call for Tree Removal in Los Angeles
Tree removal is a job best left to the professionals. It can be dangerous and the proper steps are required to safely bring the tree down without risk of injuries or damage to your home or other property. Unless you are trained and experienced, our experts are the ideal solution for safe and efficient tree removal. Do you have a tree that needs to go? Call Castillo Landscaping and Tree Service today to get started.