The City of San Juan Capistrano requires a Tree Removal Permit for any tree on non-residential property, or within Homeowner Association maintained landscape. Additionally, a Tree Removal Permit is needed on residential properties when the tree is located within the front yard, in a side or rear yard that abuts a street or trail, or is a Heritage Tree, as discussed in Question 44.
San Juan Capistrano defines trees as self-supporting woody plants that usually provide one main trunk and a distinct elevated crown with a trunk diameter (measurement across) of 6” at 3’ above the ground. Any tree with a trunk diameter less than six (6) inches measured three (3) feet above grade do not require a Tree Removal Permit to be removed.
To apply for a Tree Removal Permit, please download the City’s application form and submit the form to the Planning Division to email@example.com.