Why do I need a permit to remove or prune my own tree?
In 1979 the City enacted regulations to preserve healthy heritage trees whenever possible. The primary goal is to ensure a significant number of large, healthy trees over the long term in Menlo Park. A permit is required to remove or heavily prune trees of heritage size.

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1. Why do I need a permit to remove or prune my own tree?
2. What is the definition of a heritage tree in Menlo Park?
3. How do I measure a tree that has multiple trunks?
4. How much of a heritage tree can I prune without a permit?
5. Where could I get an application to remove or heavily prune a heritage tree?
6. What do I need to submit to the City for a permit application to remove or heavily prune a Heritage tree?
7. Is there a fee for the permit?
8. What does this fee cover?
9. Do I need a permit to remove a dead heritage tree?
10. Why do I have to have a private certified arborist complete the arborist form?
11. What is required for Heritage Trees related to Development Applications?
12. Could the City Arborist come out and take a look at my tree before I apply for a permit?
13. Can the City recommend a certified arborist?
14. How long does it take to get a permit approved?
15. On what basis does the City Arborist approve a permit?
16. What happens after I submit my application?
17. How do I find out when my permit has been approved?
18. Can I appeal the decision?
19. Do I have to plant a replacement tree?
20. What if I don’t have any space on my property to replant a tree that has been approved for removal?
21. My neighbor has a tree that is causing damage to my property can the City do anything about it?