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Trees and Plants

Friends of the Urban Forest planting trees

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

Trees are more than just beautiful additions to urban life. They are an essential component of the ecosystem, and provide enormous environmental and social benefits. They help manage storm water, lessen air pollution and sequester carbon, help save energy, increase property values, provide wildlife habitat, calm traffic, provide a more pleasant pedestrian experience, and benefit human health. Find out more about our City's Urban Forest Plan!  

NOTICE: Starting January 31, 2016, our PO Box will no longer be valid. Please apply for all permits online or mail applications to:

Attention: San Francisco Public Works
Bureau of Urban Forestry
1155 Market St. 3rd Floor SF, CA 94103

 

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Proposition E Street Tree and Sidewalk Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions
Prop. E was a measure on the November 8, 2016 San Francisco ballot regarding responsibility for maintaining street trees and surrounding sidewalks. Voters were asked if the City should amend the City Charter to transfer responsibility from property owners to the City for maintaining trees on sidewalks adjacent to their property, as well for repairing sidewalks damaged by the trees. The City would pay for this by setting aside $19 million per year from its General Fund, adjusted annually based on City revenues.  Prop E passed with almost 80% of the voters’ support.

 

Tree Maintenance Transfer Plan
In order to sustain a healthy Urban Forest, San Francisco Public Works 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
A permit from Public Works 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
Learn more about guidelines for pruning street trees, and general tree maintenance.

 

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 SF Public Works care for our Urban Forest.

 

*NEW* - the in-lieu fee has been recently increased to $1847.00 per tree

 

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For additional information, contact us at:

San Francisco Public Works
Urban Forestry
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor (Map)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 554-6700