Many trees in Sunnyvale require a specific type of permit to remove depending on where they are located. Before removing a tree, you need to know whether it is a street tree or a private tree.
Some private trees are protected and require a permit to be removed. To determine if a tree is protected, measure its circumference from 4 1/2 feet above ground:
Private Tree Removal Permit Application (including fee information)
Call the Street Trees Program in the Parks Division: 408-730-7506, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For emergencies after business hours: 408-730-7180.
Only trees that are dead, dying, damaged or present a hazard will be removed by the City. Property owners can apply to have their street tree removed and replaced at their expense.
The City has created a special program with annual removal limits to replace liquidambar street trees, which produce hard, round, spiny seedpods known to create tripping hazards. You will need to apply to the program, which is first-come, first-served.
Liquidambar removal applications for the current fiscal year and fiscal year 2019/2020 are no longer being accepted because the program funding limit has been reached. Applications can be submitted for Fiscal Year 2020/2021, which begins July 1, 2020.
If a stump remains longer than 90 days after the City has removed a tree, call 408-730-7506.