Protected Trees

 

Which trees are considered protected?

The SEA Ordinance Update added 60 tree species to be protected in addition to already protected oak trees. The SEA Protected Tree List specifies the species of tree protected in each individual SEA and the size of the tree when regulations are applied.

Please see Appendix A of the Implementation Guide for the complete SEA Protected Tree List.

 

What if I need to remove a protected tree for emergency reasons?

If you believe that an existing protected tree may endanger the safety of property or people, please contact the Los Angeles County Forester for the possibility of an Emergency Protected Tree Permit to remove the tree. The Forester may be contacted at (323) 890-5719. The Forester may indicate that an Emergency Protected Tree Permit cannot be issued after a visual inspection. In that case, the removal of the tree is subject to the SEA Ordinance.

Please see the Zoning Code for Exemption M for the Emergency Removal of a Protected Tree Exemption.

 

Does trimming my protected tree required a permit?

Tree maintenance, limited to removal of dead wood and pruning of branches not to exceed two inches in diameter and 25 percent of live foliage within a two-year period, intended to ensure the continued health of a SEA Protected Tree is exempt and do not require a permit. Any trimming exceeding this threshold or done for development purposes is subject to the SEA Ordinance and a permit/approval is required.

Please see the Zoning Code for Exemption N for the Tree Trimming Exemption.

Please see the Zoning Code for Protected Tree Permit requirements.

What is a Protected Tree Permit and does it require a public hearing?

A Protected Tree Permit is required in the scenarios indicated in red below. A Protected Tree Permit is a Minor Conditional Use Permit, which requires a public hearing.

Please see the Zoning Code for Protected Tree Permit requirements.