Forms and Permits
A permit (click here to apply) is required to plant a tree in, upon, or along any public street, sidewalk, or walkway. Additionally, a permit is required to remove or significantly prune any heritage tree, any tree on undeveloped property and any street tree.
A heritage tree is defined as a tree with a diameter at breast height (DBH = 4.5 feet above grade) of 22 inches. A permit is required to remove any tree on undeveloped property with a DBH of 7 inches. Pruning is defined as, and limited to, removal of less than 25% of the tree's foliage. An arborist’s report and photograph of the tree(s), as well as a Tree Supplemental Questionnaire are required prior to this application being complete. Application must include at least one photo showing the context of the tree or application may be deemed incomplete.
If the tree is healthy, a 10-day notice will have to be sent to the adjacent neighbors in a 300-foot radius. If the tree can be verified by an arborist report to be dead, dying or dangerous, the Town can typically approve such permits immediately.
A replacement tree will most likely be required on a 1-to-1 bases. You can consult the links below for a list of acceptable replacement trees:
NOTE: Acacia, Eucalyptus, Plum, Privet and Monterey Pine trees are considered nuisance trees and do not require a permit to remove. (S.A.M.C. Sections 4-9 & 4-13)
Fire Safety Tips:
Fuel reduction does not typically require whole tree removal. To prevent the spread of fire, removing ladder fuels below the tree, such as bushes, dry grass, etc., and limbing the tree up from the ground is all that is needed.
An encroachment permit (click here to apply) is needed when you are doing work in the Town's public right of way. For structures in the public right of way, a revocable encroachment agreement must be completed, notarized and recorded with the County.
Trench Restoration - This handout shows the uniform standards for trench restoration after a street cut.
Non-Maintained Road Paving Assistance - This packet includes information for residents who live on non-maintained streets who would like to receive Town assistance with road paving.
Bioretention - This handout shows how to incorporate bioretention into your projects.
Watercourse Permit - This permit is required for any work near or in a creek, usually in conjunction with other permits from the Town or State and Federal agencies.
A separate permit (click here to apply) review by Public Works is required for the installation of any fence, privacy wall and/or solid opaque screen planting located within 20 feet of the front property line or within 12 feet of a street side yard property line fronting a street and if it is 6 feet or higher.
San Anselmo Municipal Code link here (10-3.402 table 4B footnote 3).
See Fence Permit Diagram for more info.