If the tree is less than 6” in diameter and /2 feet above ground, a removal may be allowed under permit procedures. The property owner is responsible for all costs and tasks necessary for removal and replacement of the tree. If a replacement is not possible, a charge equivalent to the current planting cost of a 24” boxed tree is assessed. City Trees and Forestry Services.
Modesto’s Forestry Division takes care of the City’s extensive urban forest. This includes all of the City’s street and park trees, as well as the trees outside government buildings. Our staff are highly trained, and have had decades of experience in tree care.
All vendors shall have a current City of Modesto business license, insurance approval, and proper permits in place in order for a homeowner to retain their services for work on a City tree. If you want your tree removed (at property owner expense) Contact the Community Forestry Division at to request tree removal (Tree Removal Criteria).
Modesto, CA Get Directions. Paying Your Fees. Once your plans are approved, you will need to pay for any plan review costs, building permits or other fees that may apply to your project.
Please visit our Fees page to review the fees required for your permit. If you have questions regarding this process, please call Permit. Modesto is an amazing community that has something to offer everyone: a vibrant downtown bursting with great restaurants, movies, shows and festivals, unique neighborhoods, wonderful family-friendly parks and beautiful trees.
The County requires a permit for the removal of these trees and may require an arborist report to substantiate tree health or safety concerns. For most cases of tree removal, tree replacement will be required. For trimming of trees 6” in diameter or larger in the RH District, a tree trimming permit.