Tree Removal

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 Tree Removal

City tree behind flags

Trees are a vital part of our City. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, reduce pollution, cool our buildings and streets, and provide shelter to wildlife. Unfortunately, sometimes trees have to be removed. The City of Torrance Streetscape Division takes this seriously. That is why we have 7 ISA Certified Arborist and 1 Certified Municipal Arborist on staff. Before deciding to remove a tree, we do a thorough tree inspection, risk assessment, and consider any alternatives available to us.

The City of Torrance considers tree removals for the following reasons:

  1. Dead, dying, disease/infestation, damaged
  2. Root damage, rot, decay, tree instability
  3. Capital Improvement Projects & Street Operations Projects, etc. (Sidewalk, street, Curb/gutter)
  4. The City of Torrance does not remove trees for sewer issues.

When the decision is made to remove a tree, notice is given to the homeowner at that location. Please be advised that ONLY the property owner at tree location is notified.  After all work is completed, (Tree removal, stump grind, concrete, curb/gutter, street repair, etc.) we replace with a less invasive tree species and leave a door hanger explaining the water and maintenance needs of the new tree.

Torrance 5k w Trees in Background
Tree Removal Permits

Property owners may apply for a permit to remove and replant a City tree. There is no fee for the permit. However, the permit requires a deposit that is refundable after the replacement tree has been planted and an inspection has verified that all specifications and conditions have been met. The tree removal and replanting permit is issued upon receipt of the deposit and verification of property ownership. The type/species of replacement tree is to be specified by the Streetscape Manager. All work performed under these permits must be completed by a licensed City approved contractor. A list of approved contractors is issued with the permit.   






Why do we Remove Trees?

Infestation (Shot Hole Borer)

shot hole tree

 Tree Damage

Damaged Tree

 Dead, Dying, or Diseased

Dead Tree


Decaying Tree

 Street Damage

Street Damage Tree

Root Damage or Instability

Tree in Construction

 Capital Improvement

CIP Tree

Wind or Storm Damage

Wind and Storm Tree

Tree Rot 

Rot Tree



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