As outlined in the City of Los Altos Tree Protection Ordinance (LAMC Chapter 11.08), all trees, regardless of species, that are 48-inches or larger in circumference (approx. 15-inches in diameter) are protected and require a Tree Removal Permit before they can be removed. The purpose of the Tree Protection Ordinance is to preserve and maintain the City’s urban forest and rural character by retaining and/or replacing large mature trees when possible and where appropriate.
Permit Applications and Additional Resources
Tree Removal Criteria
In some cases an applicant may be requested to provide a report from an arborist that evaluates the condition of the subject tree(s). As a condition of approval, an applicant may be required to plant one or more replacement trees.
The applicant or any interested party may appeal an approval/denial of a Tree Removal Permit application to the City Council. Appeals shall be submitted to the City within ten (10) calendar days of the decision by filing a written statement outlining the reasons for the appeal along with the appropriate appeal fee.