Tree Committee


The Tree Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing tree removal/alteration applications at a public hearing, and making a recommendation to the Director of Planning and Building Services to grant or deny a permit.

The Committee is comprised of a member of the Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, the Open Space Committee and two members of the community at-large.


In 1973, the Town of Fairfax approved Ordinance No. 387 to preserve the wide variety of local native trees and to protect the benefits they provide the citizens. Trees prevent topsoil erosion, reduce the risk of landslides, and contribute to fresher air by using up excess carbon dioxide and turning it into life supporting oxygen. Additionally, trees provide scenic beauty and aesthetic characteristics to the town.


The Tree Committee meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road. The agenda for the meeting is posted 10 days in advance. Meetings are open to the public.

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Tree Committee Members

  • John Romaidis, Planning Commission
  • Deborah Benson, Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Tom Childers, Open Space Committee
  • Ted Pugh, at-large community member
  • Jane Richardson-Mack, at-large community member

Get a tree permit

A Tree Permit is required pursuant to Town Code Chapter 8.36 ‘Trees’ for:

  • Removal of any tree, or
  • Significant trimming of any tree.

Submitting a tree permit

Please submit a completed paper application no later than 14 days before the scheduled next meeting to the Town Hall during regular business hours (8:30-Noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday –Thursday) for your application to be processed.

The Public Notice and meeting agenda is posted 10 days in advance of the next meeting and the Public Packet containing the meeting materials is available at the Town Hall counter at that time for review.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Waters, Administrative Assistant II, at (415) 458-2342.

Tree Emergencies

For weekend and after hour emergencies, please contact Fairfax Police Dispatch at (415) 453-5330.

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