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Tree Regulations

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The South Pasadena City Council amended the Municipal Code to further regulate removal of trees of 12 inches in diameter or larger on any property within the City.

In addition, regulations have been added to protect mature heritage, native species and oak trees (4 inches in diameter or larger) on any property within the City.

Existing tree trimming regulations remain in effect for mature heritage, native species or oak trees.

A permit must be obtained from the City's Public Works Department before any pruning is performed on protected trees.

Tree Removal and Trimming Permits:

In summary:

Tree Trimming or Removal
  • Oak trees, all varieties
  • Heritage trees (as established by the South Pasadena Planning & Building Department)
  • Native species including:  California Walnut, Sycamore, Christmas Berry, Blue Elderberry and Mexican Elderberry

Tree Removal
    All significant trees (a tree of any variety that is 12 inches or larger in diameter.)

Do I need a permit to remove a tree in my front yard?
Yes, a permit is required for the removal of any significant tree or mature California species or oak tree on any property in the City of South Pasadena. 


  • A significant tree is 12-inches or larger in diameter. 
  • A mature tree is 4-inches or larger in diameter. 

There must be substantial reason for requesting removal. Trees will typically not be permitted for removal because of limb or root problems.  As a condition of the permit, replacement trees must be planted within 90 days of issuance date on the permit. Replacement trees may be planted anywhere on private property, in the City's parkway, or in a local park upon approval of location and species selection by the City's Park Supervisor. 

If you have any questions regarding tree permits please contact the Public Works Department at (626) 403-7240. View City Municipal Code Chapter 34 for complete details on tree regulations.



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