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Landscape Removal HandoutsPlanning Central

Below are numerous links to information to make an informed decision before you cut down any trees or vegetation on your property. Our handouts are divided into the following sections:

  1. Handouts,
  2. Design Guidelines,
  3. Property Information,
  4. Other Helpful Links,
  5. Contact Information. 
Please scroll down to the desired section. 

The following handouts will help determine whether a permit is required and provide additional information.

Front Setback Tree Removal Application
Historic and Specimen Trees List
Landscape Compliance Requirements
Landscape Design Standards for Water Conservation
Landscape Plan Requirements
Street Tree Removal Application
Tree and Landscaping Checklist
Tree and Landscaping Submittal Sheet
Vegetation Removal Permit - Questions & Submittal Requirements

Design Guidelines
The following include landscaping guidelines and information on how proposals can be "substantially similar".

Architectural Board of Review
Historic Landmarks Commission
Single Family Design Board

Property Information
The following links can assist in finding specific property information.

Find Parcel Information by Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) or Street Address
Locate your property on our Design District and Coastal Maps
Find Case Status Information by Case number or Street Address
View City Property Records & Archives (such as Street & Planning files)
Use our GIS interactive map to find a property

Other Helpful Links 
Below are some additional links that provide helpful information.

Forestry Program for more information on tree regulations
Municipal Code (See SBMC 15.20, 15.24, 22.10, 22.11, 22.22, 22.68 and 22.69)
Storm Water Management Program (SWMP)
Water Conservation for more information on sustainable landscaping

Contact Information
The tree and landscaping ordinances are applied by the Planning Division in the Community Development Department and the Forestry Program in the Parks and Recreation Department.

To contact Planning Staff, please call the Planning Counter at (805) 564-5578 or visit the offices at 630 Garden Street between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM during City business days.

To contact Forestry Staff, please call the Forestry Program at (805) 564-5433.  Their offices are located at 402 E. Ortega Street during City business days.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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