Tree FAQ

Tree FAQ

 
Is our Urban Forest Growing?
As custodians of our urban forest and proud members of Tree City USA, we take great pride in our record of continually increasing the number of trees in Burlingame. Each year the City crews plants approximately 400 new trees, which always supersedes the necessary removals each year.
May I trim my own City tree?

Only in rare cases will the City Arborist issue a Tree Work Plan permit to a property owner so that a qualified tree maintenance company can perform pre-authorized trimming on a city Street Tree.

 
What if I forget to get a trimming permit?
Penalties for removing or trimming City owned trees without a permit can be costly. Fine revenues are placed in the City Tree Replacement Fund so that a new tree can be planted at the same or possibly at a new and different location.
Whom do I call about street tree matters?
Please call the Parks Division at 650-558-7330 for street tree questions.
What may I plant in my City strip planter right-of-way?
Each single family residence is entitled to one tree at no charge. If space is available, additional trees may be requested at the home-owner's expense. Parks Division staff plants trees in the City's right-of-way three times each year. Landscaping, ground cover & low shrubs (up to three feet in height, not encroaching on the sidewalk or street) are allowed without a permit.
“Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department is creating a better community in which to live and play through quality recreational environments, enriching opportunities, and empowering people.”

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650-558-7300 Recreation Division email: recreation@burlingame.org 
650-558-7330 Parks Division email: parksadmin@burlingame.org
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