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Tree Removal on Private Property

Regulation of Trees on Private Property

Regulation of Trees on Private Property Beverly Hills Municipal Code

Trees on private property are regulated by the Community Development Department.

No person shall damage or remove, or cause to be damaged or removed, any protected tree on private property in the City of Beverly Hills, without first obtaining a Tree Removal Permit.

PROTECTED TREES:

Type

Tree Specifications and Requirements

 Heritage Trees:

Those   with a circumference of 48 inches or more and located in a street   side yard or front yard. How to Measure Tree circumference...

 Native Trees:

Those on the City's Official List of local native trees with a circumference of 24 inches or more   and located in a street side yard or   front yard. Identification of Trees species is required to be   determined by a licensed arborist. How to Measure Tree circumference...  

 Urban Groves:

Fifty   (50) or more trees where the branches of each tree are within six feet (6')   of the branches of one of the other trees in the grove. Individual trees in   an urban grove may be of any size and are not subject to any circumference   limitations

 



TREE REMOVAL PERMITS - Tree Removal Application
A tree removal permit shall be obtained from the Community Development Department when...

  • The protected tree proposed for removal is relocated on the same property and such relocation will not damage the tree.
  • The protected tree proposed for removal is in such a condition that it poses an immediate threat to the public health or safety or to property.
  • The protected tree proposed for removal is dead or diseased as determined by a licensed arborist who submits a written report certifying that the disease afflicting the tree or the condition of the tree requires its removal.
  • The protected tree proposed for removal is damaging a sidewalk, street, or other public property and such damage has created a public safety hazard.
  • The protected tree proposed for removal is damaging improvements on private property.
  • The protected tree proposed for removal is interfering with public utilities and such interference cannot be avoided by target pruning performed in a manner that would not damage the tree.
  • The protected tree proposed for removal is a native tree and such tree is replaced by one healthy native tree of any species and of the same size. A native tree proposed for removal from the front setback area shall be replaced in the front setback area. A native tree proposed for removal from the side setback area shall be replaced in the side setback area. Once the replacement tree is planted, the replacement tree shall not be removed without a tree removal permit first being obtained in accordance with the requirements of this article.
  • The protected tree proposed for removal is obstructing an existing view of the Los Angeles area basin from a habitable building on the property where such tree is located.
  • The removal of one or more trees in an urban grove is necessary for the preservation of the health of the grove as determined by a licensed arborist.

Prior to the issuance of a tree removal permit, the Director of Community Development, or designated representative, may request the submittal of an arborist report administered by a licensed arborist concerning the subject tree(s).


FAQs
How do I know if my trees is protected?
Look at the protected tree specifications and requirements. Identification of trees species is required to be determined by a licensed arborist.

How is the circumference of a tree measured?
The circumference of a tree is measured in accordance with the Beverly Hills Municipal Code Section 10-3-2900. The measurement from the trunk shall be measured at a height of four feet six inches (4'-6") from the average natural grade level around the tree.  See illustrated example

For additional information about measuring sloped or slanted trees visit the American Forests web site for additional measuring standards.

Is an Arborist report required?
Prior to the issuance of a tree removal permit, the Community Development Department may request that a report, concerning the subject tree, be submitted by a licensed arborist.

Do I need a Tree Removal permit if the tree is not protected?
No, if the tree is not a protected tree then the Tree Removal Permit is not required.

Do I need a separate permit for each protected tree?
No, one permit application can be used to apply for all the trees proposed to be removed, however, the City may require a separate arborist report for each tree.

How do I determine the front yard?
A tree located within a front yard for the purpose of a tree removal permit is identified as any tree that is located within the front yard or in the area of the site between a line within a site area parallel to the front lot line and located at a distance from the front lot line equal to the shortest distance between front lot line and the existing or proposed primary residence on a single-family residential property, if that shortest distance is greater than the front setback. BHMC 10-3-2901, Section A.2. The front yard as defined by the BHMC is not the required front yard setback. See Illustration... 

How do I determine the side yard?
A tree located within a side yard, for the purpose of a tree removal permit, is identified as any tree that is located within the street side yard or in the area of the site between a line within a site area parallel to the street side lot line and located at a distance from the street side lot line equal to the shortest distance between street side lot line and the existing or proposed primary residence on a single-family residential property, if that shortest distance is greater than the street side setback. BHMC 10-3-2901, Section A.3. The street side yard as defined by the BHMC is not the required street side yard setback. See Illustration...

How to obtain information regarding Trees on Public Property?
Trees on public property are regulated by the Recreation and Parks Department - Urban Forestry Division. Visit Recreation and Parks Department's page for more information.