Trees

The City of San Mateo Tree Division is responsible for the maintenance, protection and renewal of our City’s valuable tree resource.



Our Primary Responsibilities Include:
  • Scheduling contract maintenance including: pruning, removal of dead and hazardous trees, planting, and emergency tree operations
  • Administering the Heritage Tree and Street Tree Ordinances
  • Assisting with permit applications
  • Responding to resident concerns about trees in public spaces

Street Tree Inspection and Maintenance


If you wish to address an issue with a public tree (i.e. trees located along our streets, in medians and in parks) the first step is to request an inspection by one of our certified arborists. Learn More

Heritage Tree and Street Tree Permits


All public trees and many privately-owned trees require a permit prior to pruning or removal. Learn More

Tree Care


This section covers the attention and care needed to protect both your trees and your home. Learn More

Free Street Tree Planting Program


Would you like a tree planted in front of your home for free? Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions


We've compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about our tree services.


Educational Resources


Benefits of Trees


Planting Trees



Pruning Trees


Hiring an Arborist



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