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Tree Removal on Private Property

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. Enrollment packets were sent to newly eligible property owners in March. If your property has been added to the eligibility list, you will receive an enrollment packet. The Hazard Tree Removal Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm at 530-552-3030 to help property owners needing assistance filling out the enrollment forms. Property owners must enroll in either the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program or the Private Hazard Tree Removal Program for Hazard Tree removal. The Deadline to enroll in the Government Program is December 31, 2020. 

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 to participate in the Government Program. The deadline to enroll in the Government Program is December 31, 2020. 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 enrollment deadline for this option is October 30, 2020 and all Hazard Trees must be removed by December 4, 2020. 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:
    • 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 traveled by the public are removed or have already been removed. The deadline to enroll in this program is 10-30-2020 and the deadline to have all Hazard Trees removed is 12-04-2020. 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. The property owner can call the call center at 530.552.3030 to schedule a compliance inspection once they have identified and removed all Hazard Trees.
      • Property owners who wish to withdraw their Inspection Access Form in order to enroll in another option need to submit an Inspection Access Form Withdrawal.
    • Owners may submit a completed Butte County Arborist/Forester Certification FormTown of Paradise 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.
      • Property owners who choose this option can submit an Intent to Certify form to the Tree Removal Processing Center to avoid receiving additional mailers or phone calls. The deadline to submit the Intent to Certify form is 10-30-2020 and all trees must be removed by 12-04-2020.
      • Find an Arborist and/or verify an Arborist's credentials.
      • Find a Registered Professional Forester and/or verify a Registered Professional Forester's license.
      • 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.
  • 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
PO Box 3390
Chico,  CA 95927-3390

Return in Person (Forms are temporarily not being collected in person 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

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