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Hazardous Trees
If you have a tree that is in danger of falling or is causing a hazard please review the following information.

Street trees - between sidewalk and curb
  • Immediately call the City's Trees & Sidewalks unit at 408-794-1900
  • The property owner adjacent to these trees is responsible for care and maintenance of these trees.
  • The city will inspect the tree and authorize the necessary work. It is illegal to remove or prune a street tree without a city permit or authorization.
  • The property owner is responsible for contacting an arborist or landscaping company to handle the work.
  • The City does not pay for removal or pruning of street trees


Private Property Trees
- your options depend on the tree size

  • If the tree is less than 56 inches in circumference, measured at 2’ above ground, and on a single-family property, then you can remove or prune the tree as needed, without obtaining a permit. On multifamily and commercial properties, no matter the tree size, contact the Planning Division at 408-535-3555 before removing a tree.
  • Larger trees, 56 inches or more in circumference, measured at 2’ above ground, are “ordinance-size” and are important to the City’s urban forest. Before you remove a tree of this size, get a permit.
    • If you can, bring clear photos of the tree to the San Jose Permit Center, first floor of City Hall. This allows immediate assessment.
    • If you can’t bring in a photo in person, call 408-535-3555 to speak with a planner.
    • If warranted, the planner will authorize removal or pruning of the tree.
    • It is illegal to remove or prune an ordinance size tree on private property without a city permit or authorization.
    • The property owner is responsible for contacting an arborist or landscaping company to handle the work.
    • The City does not pay for removal or pruning of hazardous trees on private property.

Afterhours / Weekends - Whether a street tree or large (ordinance size) private property tree, if it is in danger of falling or causing a hazard, call the City’s Trees & Sidewalks unit at 408-794-1900.

For more information, see trees & landscaping.