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13.40.090 Pruning and Removal of Protected Trees –Permit Required.

(a) Heritage Trees. A permit from the Director is required before Major Pruning or Removal, or causing Major Pruning or Removal.

(b) Street Trees. No person or entity, other than City staff shall Prune or cause to be Pruned, below or above the ground, or remove or cause to be removed, any Street Tree without first procuring a permit to do so from the Director.

(c) Emergency Removal of Street Trees. All Street Trees presenting an immediate threat to health and safety, including obstructed public right-of-way, may be removed by the City without notice.

(d) Any franchised public utility or representative of the City may Remove or Prune Protected Trees which interfere with the safe and efficient operation of the public service for which they are responsible, but only to the extent made necessary by such interference.