Now that the winter storm season is upon us, you may be thinking about removing some trees from your property because they are diseased, unstable, or for other reasons. But don’t cut down any trees without checking to see if you need to file for a tree removal permit from the City of Sunnyvale.
Tree removal permits are required for any “protected” tree on private property which either has at least one tree trunk that measures 38 inches or greater in circumference, or any tree with multiple trunks where the combined total of all of the multiple trunks added together is 113 inches or greater. The point to measure the circumference is 4.5 feet above ground.
Those who remove “protected” trees without going through the permit process are subject to fines and penalties from the City of Sunnyvale. A tree removal permit costs $244 which covers the cost reviewing the tree removal permit application plus the cost of the City Arborist and Planning staff visiting your property to inspect the tree. An application can’t be completed without the inspection and the homeowner can request attend the inspection. Fees can be paid online when submitting the application.
If the tree you wish to remove is a street tree, in a parkway strip, or public right away, you must get approval from the Trees and Landscape Division of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Works at 408-730-7505.
To access the online tree removal permit application and to pay the permit fee, visit: https://ecityhall.sunnyvale.ca.gov/cd/p/tree.aspx?ssl=Y.