Trees on Private Property
There are two types of tree-cutting permits required by the City of Mill Valley: one for trees on city property and one for trees on private property. The Department of Planning and Building oversees those on private property.
The City of Mill Valley's Planning Department requires a permit to remove four (4) or more (non-Heritage) trees on a developed site per year. The City requires a permit to remove any Heritage tree. In addition, no tree may be removed from a vacant site without a permit. There are certain exceptions to the permit requirements based on tree size, emergencies and vegetative management.
Here is a Summary of Tree Regulations for the City of Mill Valley.
The Supplemental Application Form for Tree Removal Permit provides the application requirements (submit with the Planning Application Form). The current fee for a Tree Removal Permit is $1,173 for a Heritage Tree. For 4 or more non-Heritage Trees on a developed lot or a Heritage Oak Tree with Sudden Oak Death the fee is $100 per tree. Please allow up to 30 days for the process and approval of these tree permits.
For more information regarding Private tree trimming or removals call Planning Department at 388-4033.
Trees on City Property
The Department of Public Works, Parks Supervisor oversees the application process for pruning and removal of trees on city property. A permit is required to trim, brace or alter or remove any tree on city property. The current permit fee to trim, brace or alter trees is $25. The current permit fee to remove a tree under 20" in diameter is $25 per tree and for trees over 20" in diameter is $100 per tree. Fees are due at the time of the permit request. An Application for Pruning and Removal of City Trees (PDF), along with fee payment, must be turned into the Parks Department for processing prior to any work on city trees.
For more information regarding City tree trimming or removals, call the Department of Public Works at (415) 384-4800.