The Protected Tree Removal permit process is an administrative process intended to allow for the review and prior to removal of protected and significant tree(s). A permit is required prior to the removal, pruning or otherwise causing the removal of any significant or ordinance tree, street tree, or community of trees pursuant to Section 12.32.020 of the Municipal Code.
In addition to protected species, ordinance-sized trees in nonresidential districts (commercial, industrial, mixed-use) also require a tree removal permit. In residential zoning districts, a tree removal permit is not required for nonprotected trees.
Significant trees on residential properties include all indigenous species having a circumference of 18 inches or more measured at 4.5 feet vertically above the ground or immediately below the lowest branch, whichever is lower.
Indigenous species are any trees native to the Morgan Hill region. Such trees include: oaks (all types), California Bays, Madrones, Sycamore, and Alder
All street trees, regardless of the type of tree are considered to be significant trees.
An approved tree removal permit is required to remove any significant tree.