When is a tree pruning permit not required?
  1. A tree pruning permit is not required when a homeowner wants to prune a tree located on private property. State of California requires any pruning of trees 15’ in height or greater be performed by an individual that possesses, at a minimum, a valid California State Contractors license (C27 or C61/D49).
  2. A property owner is not required to obtain a permit for removing any foliage or branches from any established tree where the work is actually and solely performed by the property owner. Any work performed must follow these industry standards:
    • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Pruning Standards, ANSI Z133.1 Safety Standards
    • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Tree Pruning Guidelines
    • ISA Best Management Practices: Tree Pruning
  3. A tree pruning permit is not required when a property owner wants to prune trees and shrubs that are not designated as “established” that are located on their property.
  4. No pruning permit is required to prune an established tree damaged by a storm, fire, or other natural disaster and determined to be dangerous by the city manager, any police officer, any firefighter, the Parks Director, the Planning and Building Director, or his / her designee. No person shall prune a damaged tree until such finding is made or unless such removal is otherwise exempt from the requirement to obtain a tree pruning permit.

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1. When is a tree pruning permit required?
2. What is an established tree?
3. When is a tree pruning permit not required?
4. When is a permit required to remove a tree from a homeowner’s property?
5. When is a permit not required to remove a tree from a homeowner’s property?
6. When may the tree pruning or tree removal work that has been identified on the tree removal / tree pruning permit be started?
7. What type of pruning is the tree contractor or homeowner able to perform on trees in the City of San Marino?
8. What is meant by the terms “severe pruning” and “topping”?
9. What is the proper way to make a pruning cut on a tree?
10. Where can a tree contractor/maintenance gardener or homeowner find out more information on general tree care or City of San Marino Tree Ordinance questions?
11. Q. What may happen if the tree contractor / maintenance gardener or homeowner performs work on trees in San Marino violates the City of San Marino’s Tree Preservation Ordinance?
12. There is a tree located on the neighbor’s property that overhangs my property, can I prune the tree?
13. Who do I call to get my parkway tree pruned? How do I get a tree planted in the City parkway?
14. Will the City prune the shrubs in the parkway? Will the City prune back the shrubs / trees that extend from a property into an alley, sidewalk or street?
15. Can I plant a tree in the City easement?
16. What are the requirements for landscaping adjacent to streets and parkways in residential zoned areas?
17. There are bees in the tree located in the city parkway. Will the city remove them?
18. I have bees on my property (other than the parkway tree). Will the city remove them?