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If you want to plant your own sidewalk tree, choose from the Official City Tree Species List of approved City trees and follow the guidelines for planting a tree. Oakland is a green City and the more trees, the greener it is.
Due to budget cuts, the City is not pruning trees if it is determined that it is aesthetic pruning. If it is a hazard or emergency tree issue, call the Public Works Call Center (510) 615-5566. Below are the City guidelines to prune sidewalk trees.
Golden Gate Audubon Society has partnered with local arborists to create a brochure and a training program for arborists to learn how to do "bird-safe" tree pruning. The brochures and training programs are available in English and Spanish. Click here for more information from GGAS. You can download the brochure as a pdf here.
Protected Trees Ordinance
Ordinance - Chapter 12.36
A Tree Removal permit must be applied for before removing a protected tree. A permit is also required if work might damage or destroy a protected tree. A protected tree is Coast Live Oak with a diameter of four inches or larger, measured at four-and-a-half feet above the ground, or any other species nine inches in diameter or larger, except Eucalyptus and Monterey pine trees.
- Eucalyptus rees are not protected and no permit is required.
- Monterey pines do not require a permit, but the species must be verified by City staff prior to removal. There is no charge for Monterey pine verification.
The information on this page is a summary of the Protected Trees Ordinance of the Oakland Municipal Code.