How can I cut my tree down?
If the tree in question is on your private property and it is any species of tree other than a Torrey Pine tree or Monterey Cypress, then you can remove the tree at your own discretion with no City involvement in the matter. However, if the tree is located in the public right-of-way*, on a property within the Central Commercial Zone, on a property located in an Open Space Overlay Zone, or if the tree is a Torrey Pine or Monterey Cypress, it is considered to be “protected” by City Ordinance and a permit is required to remove the tree.

(*To get help to determine the approximate location of the public right-of-way [Public/Private edge], contact the Planning Department at (858) 755-9313.)

If the trunk of the subject tree is: 1) within 12 feet from the exterior wall of a residence; 2) within 12 feet of another protected tree; 3) less than 20 inches in circumference when measured at 24 inches above the ground; or 4) an immediate threat to public health and safety, then it may be exempt from the permit requirement. If one of these four circumstances applies, then the property owner would complete a Notice of Intent form, attach a simple plot plan and indicate which exemption applies. The exemption would then be verified by Staff via a visit to the site and signed-off as exempt.

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1. Why are leaf blowers not allowed in Del Mar?
2. Do I need a City of Del Mar business license, if I have an active business license in another city?
3. What is the penalty for conducting business without the appropriate City of Del Mar Business License?
4. What are the requirements for dog owners in the City of Del Mar?
5. Are there any off-leash areas that I can bring my dog?
6. What can I do about construction noise?
7. How do I report a possible code violation
8. Is smoking allowed on the beaches and public parks?
9. How do I report an air quality issue?
10. Is smoking banned throughout the City of Del Mar?
11. Where is smoking prohibited?
12. Can I smoke in my house or apartment?
13. Where else can I legally smoke within the City of Del Mar?
14. What should I do if I witness someone violating the ordinance?
15. What is the consequence if I violate the ordinance?
16. How can I cut my tree down?
17. What can I do about trees blocking my views?
18. Do I need a City Of Del Mar business license if my client is in Del Mar but my business location is in another city?
19. How to I appeal my administrative citation?
20. Are there regulated construction hours?