Encroachment permits are required:
- For any structure, object or improvement of any kind or character whatsoever, placed, erected or constructed, either in, under or over any public right of way.
- If the work consists of replacing or building a new driveway approach it will require an encroachment permit. Typically the property line is 5 feet from the back of the city curb, so any construction outside the property line will require an encroachment permit.
- If an HOA would like to place private security cameras in a public right of way
Tree Removal Permits
Tree removal permits (PDF) are required:
- Before a protected tree can be removed - including dead and fallen trees. More than one tree can be included on a permit application.
- If pruning more than 25% of a protected tree's canopy or when the pruning does not follow the International Society of Arboriculture pruning guidelines.
To apply for a permit, submit an application along with a processing fee in the amount of $125 made payable to the City of Saratoga by mailing or bringing it in person to the Community Development Department at 13777 Fruitvale Avenue.
After submitting the application, the City Arborist will visit the site of the requested tree removal for a field inspection. If the request is permitted, the City will send a written notice to homeowners within 150 feet of the property. Neighbors are given 15 calendar days to appeal the staff determination. For emergency situations, the notification requirement may be waived to allow immediate removal of the tree.
Dead/Fallen Trees: There is no permit fee for dead or fallen trees. Complete the online form for dead/fallen tree removal permits and provide photos of the dead/fallen tree(s)
For more information, contact Kate Bear.
Special Event Permits
Special event permits (PDF) are required for block parties, parades, footraces, and festivals that close any sidewalk or street to regular traffic, as well as events that occur in parking districts that are owned and operated by the City.
For more information, contact Paige White.
Block Party Permits
Block party permits (PDF) are required for gatherings organized by residents living on a particular street or area where the event is located and is:
- Intended to be a neighborhood gathering
- Expected to have an attendance of 100 people or less
- Not advertised to the general permit
Conditional Use Permits
A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is a zoning exception which allows the property owner use of his land in a way not otherwise permitted within the particular zoning district. Conditional Use Permits are approved by the Planning Commission and may be appealed to the City Council.
- Requirements for Conditional Use Applications (PDF)
- Development Application Form (PDF)
- Fee Schedule (PDF)
For more information, contact the Planning Division.