Tree Removal and Chipping

Tree Removal and Chipping

Tree Removal Permit Program

Tree removal permits are required for the following:

  • Any standing tree larger than 4-inches in diameter measured at 3 feet off the ground, dead or alive.
  • For dead trees, or if the top of a tree breaks and you wish to remove the stem, you must have a tree removal permit.
  • green limbs up to 15 feet off the ground and dead limbs up to 35 feet off the ground may be removed with out a permit. If you wish to exceed these limits you must obtain a tree removal permit.

Please call the Forestry Department at (530) 587-9432 to schedule an appointment for a staff member to view a tree and mark it for removal. At the time of the inspection, a removal permit will be issued and must be signed by the property owner prior to approval.

For a list of vendors who perform tree and brush removal services, see our Business Directory.

Chipping Program

Applications for the chipping program are now available online for summer 2017 at OneStop. The chipping program starts May 30.

Materials to be chipped must be stacked with the cut or large ends facing the street. Make sure your pile or piles are in front of your home and stacked on the edge of the road. Do not stack your pile on access easements. Stack piles loosely no higher than 4 feet. You may make as many piles, as many times during the year as needed. Please remember to keep your piles away from snow poles, fire hydrants, trees, landscaping or structures.

To access our online application for chipping, you will be required to login to OneStop and register with a username and password.

Eligible material:

  • Brush and tree limbs up to 8 inches in diameter, either green or recently dead
  • Minimum of 12 inches in length
  • Maximum 8 feet in length



Non-eligible material:

  • Old, dead, hard branches with no bark attached
  • Bark, pine needles and pine cones
  • Roots or root wads (tree stumps)
  • Scrap lumber
  • Lot clearing for construction
  • Garbage (trash)
  • Metal or wire



Wood chips will be available for pickup from parking lot #1 the upper tier of the Downhill Ski Area Parking Lot, located to the southeast of the intersection of Slalom Way and Snowpeak Way, while supplies last.


(530) 587-9432
11509 Northwoods Blvd.
Truckee, CA 96161