CHAPTER 20A. TREES.
Sec. 20A-1-20. Definitions.
As used in this chapter the following words and terms shall have the
meaning hereinafter set forth:
shall be as defined at Government Code Section 65928.
public works” means the director of public works or designated
“Drip line area” means the area measured
from the trunk of the tree outward to a point at the perimeter of the outermost
branch structure of the tree.
“Fronting property” means
real property parallel to a public street or sidewalk and adjacent
“Heritage tree” means any valley oak tree with a
trunk diameter of thirty-three inches or more at breast height (fifty-four
inches) which is of good quality in term of health, vigor, growth and conformity
to generally accepted horticultural standards of shape for its
“Landmark tree” means a tree or stand of trees
which is of historical or public significance as designated by the city council
upon the recommendation of both the tree commission and the historical
“Major maintenance” means and
includes major trimming or pruning or cabling, and any other similar act which
promotes the life, growth, health or beauty of trees, excepting watering and
minor pruning. Major trimming and pruning shall mean the removal of branches of
three inches in diameter or greater.
“Owner” means the
legal owner of real property fronting upon any street as shown on the last
equalized assessment roll.
1. Any dead or dying tree, whether located on city-owned property or
on private property;
2. Any otherwise healthy tree, whether located on
city-owned property or on private property which harbors insects or diseases
which reasonably may be expected to injure or harm any tree, shrub or other
3. Any tree, or portion thereof whether location on city-owned
property or on private property which by reason of location or condition
constitutes an imminent danger to the health, safety or welfare of the general
4. Any tree, or portion thereof whether location on city-owned
property or on private property which obstructs the free passage of pedestrian
or vehicular traffic or which obstructs a street light;
5. Any tree, or
portion thereof whether location on city-owned property or on private property
which dangerously obstructs the view in the visibility triangle” as such
may be determined by the director of public works pursuant to
“Public street” means any improved street,
road or avenue located within the city and dedicated to the public, but
excepting alleys adjacent to residential back yards.
tree” means any tree of interest because of size or unusual species,
other than a heritage tree, which is of good quality in terms of health, vigor
or growth and conformity to generally accepted horticultural standards of shape
for its species, as designated by the city council upon the recommendation of
the tree commission.
“Street tree” means any tree growing
within the tree maintenance strip, whether or not planted by the
“Top” means the severe cutting back of tree limbs
to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a
degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the
“Tree” means any live woody plant having one or
more well-defined perennial stems with a diameter at maturity of six inches or
more measured at fifty-four inches above ground level (breast
“Tree maintenance strip” means a strip of land
parallel to a public street and adjacent thereto, extending from the back of the
curb of the street, or the edge of the paved portion of the street if the street
does not have a curb at that location, to the edge of the sidewalk furthest from
“Tree permit” means written authorization by
the director of public works to perform an activity which requires a permit
under this chapter. (Ord. No. 1230, § 4 (part); Ord. No. 1300 § 4