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20.40.100 Permit Requirements and Conditions.

A. Any person desiring for any purpose to plant, remove, destroy, cut, prune or treat any tree in or upon any street, shall make application to the Forester on forms furnished by the City. Such application must state the number and kind of tree to be planted, removed, pruned or treated, the name of permittee and/or contractor, and the time by which the proposed work is to be done and such other information as may be required by the Forester. Any work done under such written permit must be performed in strict accordance with the terms and provisions of this Chapter. In issuing or denying a permit, the Forester shall apply all the standards as set forth in this Chapter and the objectives of the Street Tree Plan.

B. If the Forester refuses to issue any permit as required by this Chapter, he/she shall at once so notify the applicant, who may appeal to the Commission in writing within 10 days thereafter. The Commission shall proceed to hear and determine the appeal, calling upon the Forester to give his/her reasons. If a permit is again denied, the applicant may appeal to the City Council.

C. In case of emergency caused by a tree being in a hazardous and dangerous condition, such tree may be removed by permission of any member of the Police or Fire Department. In the course of performing unexpected or emergency road or sewer maintenance activities, representatives of the City Engineer and/or City Traffic Engineer may trim and/or prune a tree as required for the performance of the immediate work.