Why do I need a tree permit?

For many years the City maintained street trees on behalf of property owners. In 2010 due to budget and staffing cuts, the responsibility for maintaining street trees returned to property owners.

While the financial responsibility has returned to the property owner it is still in the City’s interest to ensure that trees are cared for properly and to regulate the removal and/or damage to trees. The tree permit is the mechanism through which we meet this interest, maintain a healthy community of trees, and uphold the Tree Preservation Ordinance  (18.215) because:

  • Trees contribute to the attractiveness and livability of the City of Fremont
  • Mature trees help reduce the impact of buildings and paving
  • Trees contribute to the visual framework, climate control, preservation of other natural resources, property values, a buffer between land uses, and provide a critical element of nature in an urban environment
  • Trees in Fremont collectively constitute an urban forest where individual tree removals can negatively or positively affect the overall City forest

Because of the above stated, it is in the interest of the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of the City of Fremont



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1. What is a street tree?
2. Who is responsible for maintaining street trees and sidewalks?
3. Can I do the tree work myself or have my gardener do this?
4. Why do I need a tree permit?
5. What criteria do you use to decide if a permit for tree removal will be approved?
6. How long does it take for a tree permit to get approved or denied?
7. What is tree topping?
8. The topped tree was here when I purchased the house. Am I still responsible to fix it?
9. This tree has been pruned like this (topped) for years. Why did I receive a notice about it now?
10. The tree is alive, why do I need to remove it?
11. How do I report a tree down on the sidewalk or street?
12. Tips for hiring tree professionals
13. What if I am concerned or would like to file a complaint about a neighbor’s tree?
14. Can I plant a street tree?