The Town of Paradise and Butte County require private property owners to remove Hazard Trees on private property that are so fire damaged by the Camp Fire they are a threat to fall into public and eligible private roads traveled by the public. Property owners must enroll in either the the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program or the Private Hazard Tree Removal Program for Hazard Tree removal. The deadline to submit enrollment paperwork is May 1, 2020.
- Download Frequently Asked Questions about the Hazard Tree Removal Program on Private Property
- View the Private Property Tree Removal Map for further information, including eligible properties and status updates.
The Town and County are working with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and other federal and State partners on a Hazard Tree Removal Program to identify and remove Hazard Trees on private property that pose a threat to fall into public and eligible private roads traveled by the public. Property owners are required to participate in one of two programs to remove Hazard Trees and comply with the County and Town ordinances. It is important to remember that even if property owners have already removed the Hazard Trees from their property, they are required to participate in one of the two programs to verify compliance. These programs are explained as follows:
- The Government Hazard Tree Removal Program (Government Program) is available at no out-of-pocket cost to property owners who complete and sign a Tree Right-of-Entry (ROE) form to allow access to their private property for the removal of Hazard Trees.
- Property owners must submit the Tree ROE form by close of business on May 1, 2020 to participate in the Government Program. Download the Right-of-Entry Form. Download the Right-of-Entry Form in Spanish.
- By submitting the ROE form, property owners are granting permission for State contractors to enter onto their property, safely and efficiently remove Hazard Trees and make rebuilding possible in the Camp Fire area. To avoid duplication of benefits, residents may be required to remit a portion of insurance claim payments specifically reserved for tree removal. There are no out-of-pocket expenses regardless of the actual cost of the tree removal.
- The Private Hazard Tree Removal Program (Private Program) is available to property owners who choose not to participate in the Government Program. The property owner must remove their own Hazard Trees in order to comply with Town and County ordinances. The property owner can comply with the Private Program by participating in one of the two following options:
- First, owners may submit a Private Hazard Tree Removal Program Inspection Access Form
- If the property owner chooses to submit the Private Hazard Tree Removal Program Inspection Access Form, the Town or County will inspect the property to confirm all Hazard Trees that may fall into the public or eligible private roads travelled by the public are removed or have already been removed. Information coming soon for procedures on requesting an inspection. If the property owner chooses this option to remove Hazard Trees or if they have already removed the Hazard Trees, please download and complete the Private Hazard Tree Removal Program Inspection Access Form, or
- Second, owners may submit a completed Arborist/Forester Certification Form
- The property owner, at their own expense, can have an ISA Board Certified Arborist (with Tree Risk Assessment Qualification-TRAQ) or a Registered Professional Forester certify that all Hazard Trees have been removed that may fall into the public or eligible private roads travelled by the public. The Registered Professional Forester must be qualified pursuant to California Public Resources Code Section 752.
- Verify if an Arborist currently holds an ISA Credential.
- Verify if a Forester is registered.
- Once the form has been received and the credentials of the Arborist or Forester have been verified, the parcel will be recognized to be compliant with the Mandatory Hazard Tree Removal Program.
- The deadline to submit the Private Hazard Tree Removal Program Inspection Access Form is also May 1, 2020.
- Once the property owner has completed one of the required forms, they can return by one of the following methods:
Return via Mail
ATTN: Tree Removal ROE Processing Center
205 Mira Loma Dr. Ste 50
Oroville CA 95965
Return in Person (Forms are temporarily not being collected in person due to allow staff to work remotely and follow guidance related to COVID-19)
Building Resiliency Center: 6295 Skyway Road, in Paradise
Tree Removal Operations Center (TROC): 900 Fortress Avenue, Ste 200, in Chico
E-mail to: TreeROE@buttecounty.net (Please note: Tree ROE Forms and Inspection Access Forms must be initialed by hand)
ROE Information Line: 530.552.3030
Other important links:
- If you are selling a property or have sold a property with hazard trees present you can download an affidavit of Property Transfer for Government Tree Program.
- Government Tree Removal Operation Property Damage Claim Form
- Information for Tree Removal Contractors