Do I need a permit to cut down a tree?
Registered heritage trees, trees that provide land stability, are of a protected species or size, or provide visual screening/and or privacy are subject to tree removal permits. Each tree removal permit is subject to individual consideration and approved or denied on a case by case basis by the Planning Division. Some factors used to determine tree removal approval include hazardous situations, number of trees on a property, damage to existing structures, and reasonable development. Prior to removing any tree on your property, you are advised to contact the Planning Division at (925) 674-7205 to verify your tree does not require a removal permit.

Code Enforcement - Conservation & Development

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1. What is the procedure for follow-up on possible code violations?
2. How do I notify the County about a possible code violation?
3. What should I do if I receive a “Courtesy Letter” or a “Notice to Comply”?
4. How do I contact the Code Enforcement Division?
5. What penalties result from code violations?
6. What is a Notice to Comply (NTC) fee?
7. My neighbor’s yard is over grown and unkempt. Can Code Enforcement do something about it?
8. I’m thinking about buying a portable canopy structure to cover my car in my driveway. Are these allowed?
9. I need additional living space and can’t afford to construct an addition. Can I just convert my garage into living space?
10. Can my neighbor park his R.V. or boat in the driveway?
11. My neighbor leaves their garbage cans in front of their house for several days after service pick up. Can anything be done about this?
12. What are the construction working hours in a residential neighborhood?
13. If I see someone dumping garbage on private or public property, what should I do?
14. Where do I go to complain about graffiti on public or private property?
15. Where do I report inoperable or abandoned vehicles on public streets and/or private property?
16. Do I need a permit to cut down a tree?
17. Do I need a permit to build a storage shed?
18. The building next door abandoned and people come and go at all hours of the day. To whom do I report this?
19. My neighbor has chickens, horses and/or goats. Can they be in this neighborhood?
20. My neighbor has a pool and the fence on his property has fallen down. Is he required to put it back up?
21. My tenant is responsible for a violation on the property. I’m just the landlord and can’t control how my tenant lives. Can I be held liable?
22. My building is substandard and my landlord will not make the corrections. Can you help me?