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Urban Forestry Associates, INC
ANSWER: If it is large enough for you to be asking yourself this question, the answer is probably not without a permit. Just because you own a tree, does not give you the legal right to cut it down under the vast majority of the local ordinances. Very generally speaking, most trees bigger than about 6" in diameter at 4.5' above grade (known as DBH) are going to require a permit. This cut-off diameter can vary by species depending on where you live. Not only that, but different towns and cities require you to measure circumference instead of diameter or to take the measurement at 2' above grade instead of 4.5' (Larkspur).
Most removal permit applications require an Arborist Report to support the removal, which we can provide during our One-Hour Inspections. We have made the various removal permit applications available HERE.
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