To help prospective clients avoid potential frustration, we want to mention that there are some fairly stringent regulations for both planting and removing trees
in the city of Santa Barbara. As such, we highly recommend reaching out to all relevant authorities, particularly the County Tree Commissioner, before starting in on any kind of significant landscaping project. The last thing you want is to run into trouble because the required permits and paperwork were not properly handled. In a general sense, those seeking to plant a new tree should refrain from putting in something tall that will be no more than 15 feet of power/electrical equipment.
Within Santa Barbara, there are also specific types of trees that have protected status and cannot legally be uprooted without the granting of permits. These rules tend to involve the height and circumference of the trees. If the tree in question surpasses the height and/or width thresholds, the owner must contact Santa Barbara County’s tree permit planner to get the process in motion. If the tree work in question is approved, it is usually optimal to have it done by October before inclement weather settles in for a few months.