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The Best San Jose City Arborists

San Jose Certified Arborist

NewVista Inc is glad to help San Jose’s residents keep their trees healthy and safe. Our Arborists are experienced in recommending only the best and necessary tree work. Whether you are pruning for maintenance or considering tree removal, our Arborists can explain what is best practice and the standard in the City of San Jose.


The City of San Jose does not require a permit for removing private trees on residential lots if the tree measures less than 38 inches in circumference. 


The measurement of circumference must be taken at breast height (4.5 feet from ground).


If the tree measures more than 38 inches in circumference a permit is required.


Will the city approve the permit request?


In order to approve the removal of a tree bigger than 38 inches in circumference 

the tree must have one of the following:

  1. Tree is a safety hazard 

  2. Tree is dead, dying or diseased.

  3. Tree is considered Unsuitable

  4. Tree is restricting the economic development of the parcel 


Do I need an Arborist Report?


Maybe. An arborist report may be needed depending on the reason for removal. 

How Much Does an Arborist Report Cost in San Jose CA?

The cost of an arborist report can vary widely based on the scope of the work, the number of trees, the type of assessment, and the arborist's level of expertise. While I can't provide real-time or the most up-to-date pricing information, I can give you a general idea.

Typically, arborist reports in the United States can range from $300 to $1,000 or more. In high-cost areas like San Jose, CA, prices may be at the higher end of this range or even exceed it, especially if the project is particularly complex or requires specialized knowledge.


What is the city of San Jose permit cost?


The San Jose City Permit for Tree Removal is $254 for dead, dying, diseased, or unstable trees. Each additional Tree will be $33 additional dollars.


The permit cost to remove a Living/Healthy tree that is only restricting the economic development of the property is $2,204(5/20/21) and is a more lengthy process. 


New Vista Tree Service can help you obtain the necessary tree permits and remove the tree once approved. 


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*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.


NewVista provides tree management & removals for many types of commercial properties. 

Business Parks, Apartments, HOA's, Hospitals and Shopping Centers can all count on NewVista meeting their tree management needs. 

NewVista can tailor a comprehensive package that meets both the budget and needs of an establishment. 

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 Frequently Asked Questions to a San Jose Arborist

What is the difference between an arborist and a tree service?

An arborist is a trained professional who specializes in the care, maintenance and cultivation of trees and other plants. Arborists have extensive knowledge and expertise in identifying tree diseases and pests, tree pruning and tree trimming techniques, tree planting and transplanting. Arborists also provide advice on tree selection and placement, tree risk assessment and management.

A tree service is a company that provides tree-related services which may include tree removal, tree pruning, stump grinding, tree planting, and emergency tree care. Some San Jose tree service companies employ trained arborists but some don’t. Generally, most tree service employees do not have the same expertise and training that a certified arborist has.

Do you need a permit to cut down a tree in San Jose?

If you intend to cut down certain types of trees such as a street tree,a heritage tree, alive or dead ordinance-size tree, or any tree situated on multi-family, commercial, industrial, or mixed-use property or common area in San Jose, you must obtain a permit.


Street trees are usually located in the public right-of-way area between the sidewalk and the curb, and at times, they can be found up to 12 feet away from the curb. It is illegal to trim or cut down a street tree without obtaining an appropriate permit. Fines for pruning or removing a tree in San Jose without a permit can range from $15,000 to $30,000.


The two types of ordinance-sized trees in San Jose on private property are:

Single Trunk: .38 inches or more in circumference at 4 ½ feet above ground

Multi-trunk: The combined measurements of each trunk circumference at 4 ½ feet above ground and up to 38 inches or more in circumference. 


A permit application to remove an ordinance-size tree will be considered for approval if it can be verified that the tree is a safety hazard, dead, dying or diseased, unsuitable, or restricts economic development and proposed improvement of a parcel.

What is an arborist report?

When building permits are submitted some clients are surprised to hear they cannot continue with their project until an arborist report is conducted and submitted by a San Jose arborist.


Most towns and cities in Silicon Valley are requiring arborist reports in conjunction with development applications. This is to protect and preserve existing trees on the property and to ensure accountability. 


An arborist report includes a title page, a table of contents, a summary, a tree Inventory with measurements and a tree health assessment of all of the trees on your property, photos, and a site plan. A tree preservation plan or tree protection plan is an integral part of the arborist report.


The protection plan will include the project arborist’s recommendation on how to protect existing trees, required by city code. This protection plan is required to be followed by all parties involved in the project. 


NewVista can provide a detailed arborist report for your arboriculture needs, consult with you about what is needed and help you obtain the necessary permits.


When safety is a concern, our ISA certified arborists can provide you with a tree assessment and our recommended course of action. If tree removal is necessary, you can trust NewVista to successfully remove the tree without causing any damage or injuries. We are fully licensed and insured  to ensure you and your property are protected.

How do I find the best certified arborist in San Jose?

Arborists are certified professionals who have extensive knowledge and expertise in tree care. To find the best certified arborist in San Jose, consider this list of recommendations:


  • Check for certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). 

  • Check for insurance. Make sure the arborist you choose is insured to cover any damage or accidents that may occur during the tree care process. 

  • Check online reviews from previous clients to get an idea of the quality of service the arborist provides.

  • Ask for references. Follow up with their references and get feedback about them. 

  • Obtain multiple quotes from several arborists to compare prices and services. 

  • Choose an arborist with several years of experience in the industry 

At NewVista, our San Jose certified arborists are experts who help maintain healthy trees by providing services to encourage proper growth and longevity. Our services include tree management and removal, catering to the needs of both residential and commercial properties. Our skilled arborists can develop a comprehensive plan and provide a free estimate to meet your tree management budget and needs. Safety is our priority when we are working on your property. We are a local San Jose family-owned business, fully licensed and insured for both your protection and for our employees.

How much does it cost to cut down a tree in San Jose?

The cost of a tree cutting service in San Jose depends on a number of factors such as the tree's size, location, and condition. Generally, the cost can range from $500 to $3000 or more. To compare prices and services, it's wise to get estimates from San Jose tree services that are licensed and insured. Some trees may require permits from the city, which may increase the cost. Consult with one of our NewVista professionals to determine the exact cost of your tree removal.

At NewVista, we are the Silicon Valley tree experts. We specialize in helping homeowners maintain healthy trees on their property by providing services to encourage proper growth and longevity. We also provide tree management and tree removal for many types of commercial properties. Our team at NewVista can create a custom package and provide a free estimate that meets your tree management needs and fits your budget. Book an estimate online today.

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