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Trees

Bureau of Urban Forestry

DPW plants and maintains street trees, issues planting and removal permits to residents, and provides emergency tree response.

To report a problem with a street tree call 311 or submit a 311 service request online.

Tree  Maintenance Transfer Plan - In order to sustain a healthy Urban Forest, the Department of Public Works (DPW) is proposing to standardize maintenance responsibility such that, in general, fronting property owners will be responsible for the maintenance of street trees in the public right of way.

Plant a Tree - A permit is required to plant a street tree. In many cases there is no cost.

Remove a Tree - You must obtain a permit from DPW to remove any street tree. Possible fines can be imposed.

Caring for your New Street Tree - Proper establishment of your street tree is critical to future health and maintenance requirements of your tree.

Tree Pruning and Maintenance - Learn more about guidelines for pruning street trees, and general tree maintenance.

Streets with DPW-Maintained Trees - Private property owners are responsible for most street trees in San Francisco. Learn which ones here.

Guidelines and Tips (PDF) for Early Tree Care - Planting, establishing and caring for your young tree is essential to its health.

Sidewalk Landscaping Permits - You can transform your sidewalk into an oasis!

Significant and Landmark Tree Ordinance - City laws protect some trees in San Francisco. Learn more here.

Adopt-A-Tree Fund - You can donate to help DPW care for our Urban Forest.

 *NEW* - the in-lieu fee has been recently increased to $1754.00 per tree

For additional information, contact us at:

The Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Use and Mapping
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor (Map)
San Francisco, Ca  94103
(415) 554-6700
Last updated: 7/15/2013 8:21:13 AM