A Tree (Ordinance) Grows in Belmont

Recent changes to the city's tree ordinance require a permit to remove any species with a stem or trunk greater than ten inches diameter.


The Belmont City Council recently enacted new regulations to promote the healthy growth of trees and control the removal of trees within the city limits. 

The new tree ordinance requires a permit for the following:

  • To remove any tree species with a stem or trunk diameter greater than 10 (10") inches diameter at breast height;
  • Any multi-stem or multi-trunks totaling greater than ten (10") inches diameter at breast height.

There is no fee for consulting city staff on a tree removal, and the city encourages residents to call with tree related questions. If a permit is issued, a fee is required.

One 15-gallon replacement tree is required if the tree removed was an Acacia, eucalyptus or Monterey pine. For other species, up to three 15-gallon replacement trees may be required depending on the size of the tree removed, and other conditions on the site. An in-lieu fee can be paid if the property owner chooses not to plant a replacement tree(s). 

For information on pruning, protected trees and applying for a tree removal permit, contact the Belmont Parks & Recreation Department at 650-595-7441, or the Community Development Department at 650-595-7417, or go to www.belmont.gov

For the full text of the tree ordinance, go to www.belmont.gov/municipalcode.

Tommy Tee December 06, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Please stop using Nazi. It is offensive, not to mention inaccurate.
Tommy Tee December 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Quoting Prejean--seriously? That's an opinion, not a fact. I think you have an unhealthy obsession with Nazis.


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