In most cases you need a permit to remove a tree in your front yard. A permit is always required to remove, prune or plant a tree near a sidewalk or street. This applies to residents, HOA's and businesses.
Why do I need a Tree Permit? For many years the City maintained street trees on behalf of property owners. In 2010 due to significant budget and staffing cuts, the responsibility for maintaining street trees returned to property owners.
Who is Responsible?
While the financial responsibility has returned to the property owner, it is still in the City's interest to ensure that the trees are cared for properly. The tree permit is the mechanism through which we meet this interest to maintain a healthy community of trees and uphold the Tree Preservation Ordinance(FMC 18.215).
Tree Removal Criteria
A tree removal permit may be issued if one of the following criteria is met:
The tree poses a substantial hazard to people or property
The tree is dead, dying or has short life expectancy
The tree is seriously diseased
The tree is part of a group that is overcrowded
The tree has caused extensive utility damage (sewer, water main, power lines,etc.)
The tree has caused extensive concrete or property damage
The tree has been damaged to the extent that it cannot be feasibly restored
The City of Fremont has experienced rapid growth in recent decades and open space has become increasingly scarce. Mature trees help reduce the impact of buildings and paving. The City Council recognized the following when it enacted the Tree Preservation Ordinance (FMC 4-5100):
Trees contribute to the attractiveness and livability of the City of Fremont
Trees contribute to the visual framework, climate control, preservation of other natural resources, property values, buffer between land uses, and provide a critical element of nature in an urban environment in the City
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 to regulate the removal and/or damage to trees.