A Sacramento County tree permit is required to remove or prune any public tree and certain private trees. Public trees are those that occur on any County owned land (parks, building grounds, etc.) and/or within right-of-way areas.
Removing or pruning trees on privately owned land also requires a tree permit in accordance with Zoning Code Regulations (see Chapter 5.2.4 Landscape Standards of the Zoning Code) and the County Code (Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance).
When is a Tree Permit Needed?
Typical examples of tree removal or pruning work that require a tree permit include:
Select Landscaping Trees. Any tree located within parking lots and/or the landscaped areas that surround commercial buildings and/or residential common areas in apartment complexes or homeowner's associations.
Native Oaks. Native oak trees occurring on any property, including on private residential properties. Click here for help on
how to identify a native oak.
Public Trees. Trees adjacent to roadways within the County right-of-way or on any County land or parkways.
Landmark Trees. Certain trees that are especially prominent and stately are also considered “Landmark” trees and receive special consideration for preservation. Landmark trees are often identified during the Conditional Use Permit/Development Plan Review process conducted by the Office of Planning and Environmental Review.
For issues concerning trees on public land or street trees, the 311 dispatcher will forward your calls to the County department that manages the property. If you live in a City within Sacramento County, you will need to contact the City for tree permits or tree concerns (see list of
City Phone #’s). In order to determine if you are within a City, visit the
County's Parcel Viewer, entering the address or parcel number where the tree(s) is located. The cities on the map are colored and labeled.
How do I Apply for A Tree Permit?
See the Getting Started page for more information on how to apply for a permit and fill out the Tree Permit Application. The permit fee is $31.35 and can include multiple trees on one permit.
Other Tree Permit Topics of Interest
Lists of Certified Arborists and Tree Trimmers
Sacramento County Tree Ordinance & Zoning Code
Constructing and Landscaping Around Oaks
Landowner Dispute Resources
- For questions concerning street trees, trees on public lands or trees along creeks, please call 311.
- For all other tree questions please contact the Sacramento Tree Coordinator phone: (916) 874-5278.
Building Assistance Center
827 7th Street, Room 102 Email:
Sacramento, CA 95814
Note: Building Assistance Center customers can park free for up to 1 hour at the County Administration Center parking garage at the corner of G Street and 7th Street. Park on the second story of the garage and walk across the overpass bridge to the County building (700 H Street). Ask the security officer for directions to the Building Assistance Center.