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Tree Removal

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.

What Do I Need to Know to Remove 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:

  • If a single-trunk tree measures 38 inches or greater, it is protected
  • If a multi-trunk tree has at least one trunk that measures 38 inches or greater, or the measurements of the multi-trunks added together equal at least 113 inches, it is protected.

Private Tree Removal Permit Requirements

Private Tree Removal Permit Fees and Application

I Want My Street Tree Removed

My street tree is unhealthy or damaged, how can I have it removed?

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.

My street tree is healthy, how can I have it removed?

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.

Street Tree Work Permit Application and Requirements

How can I remove or replace my liquidambar street tree?

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.

When can I apply to have my liquidambar removed?

Special Fiscal Year 2020/21 and 2021/22 Notice: We are currently not accepting applications. The Liquidambar Removal Program is not funded for FY2020/21 or FY2021/22. This is due to budget cuts resulting from COVID-19. You may apply to remove the liquidambar tree using your own funds. To do so, submit the Street Tree Work Permit Application above.

Liquidambar Street Tree Removal Program

When will the street tree’s stump be removed?

If a stump remains longer than 90 days after the City has removed a tree, call 408-730-7506.

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2021