What are some key tips for pruning a tree on private property?
  1. State of California requires any pruning of trees 15’ in height or greater be performed by an individual that possesses, at a minimum, a valid California State Contractors license (C27 or C61/D49).
  2. A property owner or State Licensed contractor is not required to obtain a permit for removing any foliage or branches from any heritage, oak or established tree where the work is actually and solely performed by the property owner. Any work performed must follow these industry standards:
    • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Pruning Standards, ANSI Z133.1 Safety Standards
    • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Tree Pruning Guidelines
    • ISA Best Management Practices: Tree Pruning

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1. Who is permitted to prune a tree on private property?
2. What is an established tree?
3. What are some key tips for pruning a tree on private property?
4. When is a permit required to remove a tree located on private property?
5. When is a permit not required to remove a tree from a homeowner’s property?
6. When may the tree pruning or tree removal work that has been identified on the tree removal / tree pruning be started?
7. What type of pruning is the tree contractor or homeowner able to perform on trees in the City of San Marino?
8. What is meant by the terms “severe pruning” and “topping”?
9. What is the proper way to make a pruning cut on a tree?
10. Where can a tree contractor or homeowner find out more information on general tree care or City of San Marino Tree Ordinance questions?
11. Q. What may happen if the tree contractor / maintenance gardener or homeowner performs work on trees in San Marino violates the City of San Marino’s Tree Preservation Ordinance?
12. There is a tree located on the neighbor’s property that overhangs my property, can I prune the tree?
13. Who do I call to get my parkway tree pruned? How do I get a tree planted in the City parkway?
14. Will the City prune the shrubs in the parkway? Will the City prune back the shrubs / trees that extend from a property into an alley, sidewalk or street?
15. Can I plant a tree in the City easement?
16. What are the requirements for landscaping adjacent to streets and parkways in residential zoned areas?
17. There are bees in the tree located in the city parkway. Will the city remove them?
18. I have bees on my property (other than the parkway tree). Will the city remove them?