• Tree Removal

  • The Town of Danville acknowledges the importance of trees to the community's health, safety welfare, and tranquility. The preservation of trees enhances the natural beauty, sustains the long term potential increase in property values, and retains the tempering effect of extreme temperatures.  On July 7, 2009 the Town Council adopted the Tree Preservation Ordinance, Section 32-79 of the Municipal Code, which requires an approved Tree Permit be obtained before certain trees are removed.

    Tree Removal Handout

    Planning Application for Tree Removal


    Submittal items:
    1. Complete a Planning Application for Tree Removal, describe the reason for the request and clearly state why the tree needs to be removed, Planning  Division Staff may require you provide a report by a Certified Arborist.

    2. Attach an approximate site plan detailing where the subject tree is located (with respect to the home, street, fence, etc.)

    3. Submit the completed application to the Town of Danville Planning Division with the applicable processing fee.

    * Tree Removal Permits for protected trees are likely to be approved if there is immiment danger of the tree falling, the tree is diseased, or if damage has occurred or will occur to the residence.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  •     How do I determine the diameter of a tree?
    First wrap measuring tape (or use ribbon if your tape measure is not made of fabric) around the tree trunk at 4.5 feet above grade to measure circumference. Then, divide this value by 3.14 to determine approximate diameter.
        How is a tree considered “protected” by size?
    Trees protected because of its size are called "Heritage Trees". All Heritage Trees are considered protected regardless of species. A tree is considered to be a "Heritage Tree" when its diameter measures 36 inches or greater measured 4.5 feet above the ground.
        What if the tree is causing a neighbor dispute?
    The Town does not typically require private trees to be removed or trimmed to resolve neighbor disputes. Disputes regarding branches hanging over property lines, roots damaging fences, or impacts on pools are all civil matters. The Town encourages neighbors try to communicate to work out their disputes. If the matter cannot be resolved through communication, the parties may choose to use the services of mediation or a civil court process.
        When do I need a permit to remove a tree?
    When the tree is considered “protected”, either by size, by species or both.
        Which species are “protected”?

    See Section 32-79 for complete information. A brief list is provided here.

    1. Coast Live Oak (Quercus Agrfolia)

    2. Valley Oak (Quercus Lobata)

    3. Canyon Live Oak (Quercus Chrysol)

    4. Blue Oak (Quercus Doulgassi)

    5. California Black Oak (Quercus Kelloggi)

    6. Interior Live Oak (Quercus Wislizenii)

    7. White Alder (Alnus Rhombifolia)

    8. California Bay (Umbellularia California)

    9. California Buckeye (Aesculus Californica)

    10. California Sycamore (Platanus Racemosa)

    11. Madrone (Arbutus Menziesii)

    12. London Plane Tree (Platanus Acerifolia)

        Who reviews the Tree Removal Permit application? Who do I call with other questions or if my neighbor is cutting down a protected tree?
    The Town’s Planning Division; call (925) 314-3310 to talk to the Planner of the day.