Hazard Tree Removal

Hazard Tree Removal on Private Property

Placer County requires private property owners to remove hazard trees on private property that are so fire damaged they pose a threat to fall into public roads and eligible private roads traveled by the public. The State of California provides no-cost assistance with hazard tree removal if property owners choose to enroll in the Government Debris Removal program. 

Government Debris Removal Program

The Government Debris Removal Program was set up to remove all hazard trees at no out-of-pocket cost to the property owners who are enrolled in the program. If a property owner does not participate in the government program, and there are hazard trees on their property, the owners are required to remove hazard trees at their own expense.

To participate in the Government Debris Removal Program, property owners should complete and submit a Right-of-Entry Form. This permit grants permission to state contractors to access your property and remove hazard trees to make rebuilding possible. 

If you have already completed a Right-of-Entry (ROE) Form for the Government Debris Removal Program, no further follow-up/action is required. The qualifying hazard trees will be removed from your property once your structural debris removal is complete.

If a property owner decides to remove hazard trees without government assistance, they should work with a Registered Professional Forester (RPF). The property owner is advised to obtain an RPF certification that indicates hazard tree abatement is complete on the property. Without this certification in place, a property owner could be found negligent if a hazardous tree were to fall into the public right-of-way and cause injury or damage. 

Right-of-Entry Form 

What is a hazard tree?

A hazard tree is defined as a wildfire-damaged tree that in the professional opinion of an Arborist and/or Forester:

  • has been so severely damaged by the River Fire that its structural integrity is compromised; and
  • poses an imminent danger of falling onto
    • roads and/or rights-of-way of county-maintained roads; or
    • public improved property in unincorporated areas within the River Fire footprint.

A hazard tree may cause physical injury or damage to people or property and creates a serious threat to the public’s health, safety and welfare.