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Tree Work In Palo Alto 

Palo Alto is home to a beautiful urban forest. Tree-lined streets show case the importance of trees in the Palo Alto community. It is common for residents to have multiple species of trees on their property. These trees help fight climate change, provide oxygen, help with energy costs, and increase property values among other benefits. Regular maintenance and pruning make trees on your property a valuable asset. However, trees can also turn into a liability if not properly maintained, are diseased or dead.  NewVista Inc has the experience to evaluate your tree and recommend the proper service. 

The City of Palo Alto regulates only 3 types of private trees. Coast Live Oaks & Valley Oaks greater than 11.5 inches in diameter.  Along with Coast Redwoods greater than 18 inches in diameter.


In general, you are allowed to remove a protected tree located on a single-family residential lot when:

  1. The tree is deemed to be dead or hazardous by a certified arborist.

  2. The tree trunk or basal flare is under the building footprint of an existing building (for example, uplifts the foundation, contacts or damages eaves, gutters, etc.).


An Arborist Report will be required in conjunction with the permit application. 


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As of March 2022, The City of Palo Alto is considering  potential new tree regulations that would protect all tree species, not just Oaks and Redwoods. 

*NewVista Inc makes every effort to maintain accurate and up-to-date information, however, it does not guarantee this and disclaims liability for inaccurate information or any misunderstanding. For most up to date information, website visitors should contact each city/municipality directly.

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