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City Beat Tree Removal Permits R ecognizing the value that trees provide to our community, Gilroy City Council recently approved the Protected Tree Removal Ordinance, establishing a permit process to regulate the removal of certain sizes and species of native trees on private property in Gilroy. Effective December 5, 2018, a permit is required for the removal of a tree if the tree is 38 inches in circumference or larger and one of the following species; all species of Oaks, California Bay, Big Leaf Maple, Madrone, California Sycamore, California Buckeye and Alder. In addi- tion, any type of tree 90 inches in circumfer- ence or larger also requires a tree removal permit. If none of these conditions apply, the tree can be removed without a permit. Permit applications for tree removal are available online at CityofGilroy. org and at City Hall at 7351 Rosanna Street. As part of the tree removal permit application, the applicant will be required to submit a report from a 46 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN certified arborist in addition to explaining the reason for the removal request. Criteria allowing for the removal of a tree protected under the ordinance include disease, threat to life or property, damage to buildings or utilities, or limitation on the use of the property. After submittal, the application will be reviewed by the Planning Division to determine whether to grant the request. Approval of a request will include the requirement for planting of two replacement trees of the same species as the tree that was removed. Penalties for violation of the ordinance range from issuance of an administra- tive citation with a fine of up to $200 or a court-ordered fine of up to $5,000.00 per violation. For additional information or to download a Tree Removal Permit application, please visit CityofGilroy.org or call 408-846-0451 to speak with one our city planners. april/may 2019 gmhtoday.com