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Municipal Code 15.24 - “Preservation of Trees” Adopted by the City Council in 1969, Chapter 15.24 regulates tree removal and the degree of pruning allowed for any privately-owned trees located in the regulated front setback of a residential or commercial property, regulated parking lots, trees identified on an approved landscape plan, and/or Historic and Specimen trees located anywhere on a private lot.  Chapter 15.24 establishes considerations and findings for removal, the processes for review and appeal, and designates the proper review body for various privately-owned, City-regulated trees.  Chapter 15.24 also cross-references all other City regulations related to trees and landscaping.  The most recent updates were adopted by the City Council in December 2009. 

Although the ordinance regulates the removal and degree of pruning of trees, it does not regulate the planting of trees in any way. 

Resolution 09-096 - “Fine Schedule” City Council adopted Resolution 09-096, on December 8, 2009.  The Resolution established a municipal code violations fine schedule specific to certain violations in Chapters 15.20 and 15.24, including tree pruning and removal without a permit, and Chapter 22.11, maintenance to approved landscape plans, and authorizes the Arborist or Community Development Director to issue corrective measures if deemed appropriate. 

The Resolution clarifies and establishes regulations related to tree size, location, and maintenance; applies the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A-300 Standards and Best Management Practices to city-owned trees and to record in the city data base when city-owned trees are pruned by more than one quarter; defines and updates the roles and responsibilities of various boards and commissions in the regulation of public and private trees; establishes explicit protections for trees on commercial and multiple-family properties with approved plans; and clarifies enforcement mechanisms for the maintenance of approved landscape plans.

The fine schedule is as follows:


Action without or in violation of permit
Trunk diameter from 4” to 12”
Trunk diameter over 12” and up to 24”
Trunk diameter over 24”
Significant Alteration Up to $500 Up to $1,000 Up to $1,000
Removal Up to $1,000 Up to $3,000 Up to $5,000
Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016