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Tree punning and maintenance must be performed by a State of California licensed tree contractor.(C61/D49 Specialty Tree Pruning license with documented Workers Comp insurance and liability coverage naming the City of San Marino as an additional insured).
Established Tree: A tree that is not a Heritage Tree or an Oak Tree, that is at least fifteen feet (15’) in height, and whose trunk diameter is at least six inches (6”) at its widest point, when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) above natural grade.
Heritage Tree: A tree that is at least fifteen feet (15’) in height, and whose trunk diameter is at least four inches (4”) at its widest point, when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) above natural grade, and is one of the following: Platanus racemosa, Juglans californica, Sambucus nigra, Sambucus Mexicana, Aesculus californica, Salix lasiolepis, Populus fremontii, Alnus rhombifolia, Umbellularia californica, or Populus trichocarpa, Ginkgo biloba, Cedrus deodora, Pinus canariensis, Pinus halepensis, Pinus pinea, Pinus thunbergiana, Sequoia sempervirens, Taxodium mucronatum, Calocedrus decurrens, Cupressus sempervirens, Podocarpus gracilior, Magnolia grandiflora, Magnolia xsoulangeana, Cinnamomum camphora, Persea americana, Liquidambar styraciflua, Ulmus parvifolia, Ficus microcarpa, Quercus agrifolia, Quercus engelmannii, Quercus ilex, Quercus lobata, Quercus suber, Brachychiton discolor, Brachychiton populneus, Chorisia speciose, Arbutus unedo, Prunus caroliniana, Pyrus kawakamii, Cassia spp, Ceratonia silique, Lagerstroemia indica, Callistemon spp, Eucalyptus citriodora, Melaleauca quinquenervia, Grevillea robusta, Cupaniopsis anacardioides, Koelreuteria spp, Schinus molle, Citrus sinensis, Fraxinus uhdei, Olea europaea, Jacaranda mimosifloria, Tabebuia spp, Brahea edulis, Butia capitate, Phoenix canariensis, Syagrus romanzoffianam, Washingtonia filifera, and Washingtonia robusta.
Multi-Trunk: Any tree with multiple trunks attributed to a single plant. The diameter of each trunk shall be measured at its widest point, when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) feet above natural grade, and the combined trunk diameters shall be used to determine the tree's size for the purposes of this section.
Oak Tree: A tree that is at least fifteen feet (15’) in height, and whose trunk diameter is at least four inches (4”) at its widest point, when measured at a point four and one-half feet (4.5’) above natural grade, and is of the genus Quercus, including, but not limited to, Quercus agrifolia (coast live oak),Quercus dumosa (coastal scrub oak), Quercus engelmannii (engelmann oak), Quercus berberidifolia (scrub oak), Quercus lobata (valley oak), and Quercus virginiana (southern live oak).
The work that is being proposed on the tree removal permit may start when the homeowner information has been filled out, the tree contractor has been identified on the tree application, the proposed work is stated on the application, a designated city staff member has visited the property and approved the work to be done, and the homeowner has signed the permit for any conditions that are included regarding the work to be done.
When pruning is to be performed, the tree contractor is to follow the city guidelines. This includes following the International Society of Arboriculture guidelines to prune trees. Below is a reference to specific industry guidelines that must be followed when pruning established trees.
Topping is defined as reducing the height of a tree by cutting limbs back to a desired height without utilizing a proper lateral branch. Topping is not an acceptable pruning practice.
Contact Code Enforcement Manager Ron Serven at 626-300-0789 or by email.
Violators will be subject to the payment of fines and be required to submit a tree restoration plan. Additionally, violators may be subjected to attend an administrative hearing whereby the penalties could possibly result in a higher fine.
Contact Park Foreman John Santillan by email.