Tree Pruning

Pruning can either help or hurt trees. When appropriate practices are used, pruning can provide significant benefits. When inappropriate practices are used, significant harm can follow. For the long-term health and structural stability of trees in San Francisco, it is critical that pruning practices conform to professional standards. The City and County of San Francisco adopted pruning standards that must be adhered to.

Recommended Plant Lists

The Urban Forestry Council annually reviews and updates this list of trees, in collaboration with public and non-profit urban forestry stakeholders, including San Francisco’s Department of Public Works Urban Forestry Division and Friends of the Urban Forest.

Toter Retrieval and Storage

To reduce vandalism and litter in the City, Public Works encourages private property owners to comply with city codes by promptly returning their garbage and recycling toters from the street after collection, and placing them behind enclosures that keep them hidden from public view. 

Toters that are left out too long on streets and sidewalks, or within plain view, are vulnerable to graffiti, vandalism, theft and scavenging that often produces litter.  They also obstruct the public right of way.

What you need to know:

Concrete Contractors

The following list is provided for the convenience of the recipient and no recommendation is inferred or implied. The following is a sample list of concrete contractors found in the phone book under "Concrete" and is to be used for informational purposes only.  All contractors listed possess an A and /or C-8 Constractor's License and $25K Excavation Bond. Referral to this list does not constitute an endorsement by the City or its personnel, and the user is encouraged to call seve

Unwanted Handbills and Newspapers

Newspapers on your sidewalk or handbills attached to your property can be a nuisance leading to neighborhood litter and sidewalk trash. There are city codes in place to help prevent the problem of unsolicited pamphlets and unwanted newspapers.


Handbills on Private Premises

Street Dedication and Acceptance

At various times, new subdivision are developed within the City and County of San Francisco. During the development of the subdivision, new roads and infrastructure may be required to support the development. The roads and infrastructure may be offered to the City as a right of way.



Please do not feed the pigeons. There are dozens of reasons why, but mainly: feeding pigeons harms our neighborhoods and also harms the birds.


Large population of pigeons is a health hazard.

Monument Preservation

The Monument Preservation Fund maintains the City's existing survey monuments through a long-term plan to inventory, reference and replace lost monuments.

Missing Sewer Vent Covers

Missing sewer vent covers can create tripping hazards and collect garbage.  We strongly encourage property owners to replace sewer vent covers in front of their property as soon as possible in order to avoid fines and prevent pedestrian injuries that they be may responsible for and lead to litigation.

Establishing Street Names

Street names are generally established during the development / subdivision of land.  Renaming streets can be initiated by members of the public or the Board of Supervisors.