Tree Protection - Background

SDCI has completed several tasks to increase tree protections citywide. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Partnered with the City's Urban Forestry Core Team to get support from other departments' certified arborists to advise on tree-related permits, including hazardous tree removal.
  • SDCI hired an additional arborist in 2019 to review applications and assist other reviewers with applications that involve protected trees.
  • Updated informational materials and resources for builders, property owners, and the public related to trees and vegetation management. Materials can be found on our Tree and Vegetation Removal webpage.
  • Adopted Director's Rule 17-2018, Calculating Tree Valuations and Civil Penalties for Tree Protection Code Violations, to improve enforcement of tree protection violations.