Tree concerns between private properties such as a leaning tree is a civil issue that the City is not involved with.
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A tree removal permit is required to remove the following trees:
See the Tree Ordinance Handout for more information.
No, a tree that has fallen down does not need a tree removal permit for removal.
No, a dead tree is not a protected tree and does not require a tree removal permit.
If the tree is determined by a certified arborist to be in imminent danger to health or property, the Planning Department will issue an Emergency Tree Removal Letter that exempts you from the tree removal permit. There is no fee for an Emergency Tree Removal Letter. Please send your arborist report and photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
View preservation is a civil issue. While the City will not get involved in a civil issue, guidance for property owners can be found in Orinda Municipal Code Section 17.22.
Yes, the City maintains a list of disallowed plants due to the risk of wildfires. See the disallowed plant list in the Tree Ordinance Handout.