Parkway trees are generally trimmed by Public Works on two year (fast growth and palms) or five year (slow growth) cycles depending on the growth rate of the tree species. The tree trimming is done per arboricultural standards for the health and safety of the trees and to provide vertical clearance over the sidewalk and roadway for pedestrians and motorists.
Parkway trees are part of the urban forest and public property that benefits the entire community. Therefore trees are generally only removed when they are dead, diseased, dying, structurally unsound, damaging property or outgrown its current space and cannot be safely root pruned to accommodate an adjacent infrastructure repair. If the parkway tree in front of your residence appears to meet one of the conditions under which Public Works would remove a tree, please contact the Public Works Urban Forestry Unit that services your area. You can find their contact information through the Tree Service Locator on the left side of this site. Please see our FAQ page for more information regarding removal and roots in the sewer lines.
In general trees can be trimmed or removed in one of two ways.
1. Public Works trims or removes a tree.
If you would like Public Works to trim or remove a tree for you please submit an online request. The Urban Forestry
Unit will investigate the request and respond to you with our recommended course of action.
2. The property owner trims or removes a tree.
With a permit from Public Works, you can also trim or remove a tree in the parkway if you are the owner of the
property adjacent to the parkway. Permits for tree removal will only be considered if a parkway tree meets one
of the conditions for tree removal noted above. In order to trim or remove a tree please print and fill out this
application for a permit to trim or remove a tree.