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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

Disclaimer for External Links

The appearance of external links on the World Wide Web does not constitute endorsement by the City of San Mateo, Department of Parks and Recreation of external Web sites or the information or services contained therein. The City does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations.

Contact the City’s Arborist

Email: trees@cityofsanmateo.org
Phone: (650) 522-7420
Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm

For emergencies after business hours, call Public Safety Dispatch at
(650) 522-7350.

San Mateo City Hall – 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

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