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Dec 14

Public vs. Private Trees

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 8:39 AM by Colin Heyne

public vs. private trees

All trees in the City of San José fall into one of two categories: public trees or private trees. Public trees are those 
trees that are located at public facilities (parks, community centers, etc.) or within the public right-of-way (street trees). 

 

While the trees at public facilities are managed by various departments within the City of San José, maintenance of the majority of our street trees is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Before performing any work on street trees, it is a requirement of the City of San José Municipal Code that the adjacent property owner obtain a no-fee Street Tree Permit from the Department of Transportation 

 

While trees on private property are not subject to the same permit requirements for planting, pruning and removal of a limited number of very small trees, a permit is required to remove any tree that is larger than 12.1 inches in diameter when measured at 4.5 feet above the immediately surrounding grade. Private property Live Tree Removal permits are issued by Planning department