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So You Want to Plant a Street Tree

If you have gotten this far, you have already decided that you, your business, community group, Business Improvement District, or Neighborhood Council wants to plant a street tree(s). The following steps must be taken:

  • Request a Tree Planting Permit by calling the Bureau of Street Services Service Request Center at
      (800) 996-2489.
  • Urban Forestry Division (UFD) will contact you and set an inspection date
  • Inspection will determine
    • Tree species
    • Tree planting location(s) which will be marked on curb
    • Number of trees

*Please note that at times, although it may seem possible, no tree planting site is available due to the existence of power poles, meters, driveways, etc in which case a permit will not be issued.

  • UFD arborist will issue a tree planting permit with all pertinent information including tree planting specifications
  • You may now select the nursery from which you will obtain the necessary tree species and stock size
  • Set up tree delivery
  • Tree may be planted by residents or contractors
    • Please remember that prior to digging anywhere, and particularly in the public right-of-way, you shall first contact Digalert at (800) 227-2600
  • Please contact the inspector who issued the permit no more than five days after planting. The inspector will re-inspect and sign-off the final approval

The goal of UFD is to inspect tree planting permits withinfive working days of the request.

UFD hopes this webpage supplies you with all of the information needed to understand how to obtain a tree planting permit. If you need further information please contact the Division at (213) 847-3077.