Removal of City Trees

The removal of a City tree by any person or entity other than the City of Rancho Cucamonga is prohibited. To request removal of a City tree, please call (909) 477-2730 Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or submit a request for service online through Rancho Responds.

Tree Removal Criteria

The City may remove a public tree due to the following:

  • Tree is dead, dying, up-rooting, split, contains excessive decay or has any other serious condition that would cause it to be unsafe.
  • Tree is causing a major sight restriction at a street corner; removal may be necessary when pruning is not adequate to correct the problem.
  • Tree has caused significant damage to private walls, driveways, walkways and decks.
  • To facilitate a public works improvement project when extensive roots will be cut. Such projects include sidewalk and curb & gutter replacement.
  • Disruption of sewer line; although tree roots do not enter sewer lines unless there is a pre-existing leak, the City may remove a tree to prevent continuous root invasion. Verification from plumber is required.

The City does not remove public trees due to:

  • Dropping of leaves, flowers, seeds, bark, sap, stems, pests or other matter.
  • To improve views.
  • Damage to irrigation systems.
  • Competition with turf or other plant material.
  • Allergies.
  • Damage to items that have been placed too close to the trunk such as pavers, bricks, blocks and concrete.

Specimen trees are exempt from many of the preceding tree removal criteria. These are trees characterized by either their age, rarity, exceptional stature, or having above-average value. Some examples of specimen trees are the Coast Live Oaks in the Red Hill area.