Tree Management Policy

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Tree Management Policy

The beauty of Palos Verdes Estates is, in major part, attributable to the trees within the City’s Parklands and the trees that line the City’s streets in the public rights-of-way. While also beneficially protecting privacy, public trees may cause safety concern or view impacts as well.  In order to mitigate against negative impacts of trees, the Parklands Committee considers resident applications to plan, modify or remove trees in the Parklands and rights-of-way.  The Committee applies the City's Tree Management Policy, that recognizes both the abundance of mature trees and beautiful views contribute to the City's special character. The Policy defines a process and procedure for residents to request tree trimming or tree removal within Parklands or public rights-of-way.

After the Committee acts upon an application, its recommendations are forwarded to City Council for review and approval. If approved, the action can proceed according to the recommended conditions of approval that may include: a contractor’s no-fee permit for work on City trees, planting of a designated street tree, or payment to the City Tree Bank in lieu of planting a tree. Only contractors with proper insurance and a City business license may trim or remove City trees once the Parklands Committee or City Forester have approved the proposed work.

The guidelines in the Tree Management Policy apply only to publicly owned land. It is unlawful to remove, trim or plant a tree in the Parkland or rights-of-way without City approval. If you would like to determine whether a tree is located on public property, please call the City Forester at (310) 378-0383. If you have concerns regarding a tree on private property, please call the Palos Verdes Homes Association at (310) 373-6721.

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