Trees & Roadside Vegetation

Vegetation Management

Weed and vegetation control is done mostly during late summer on the Coast side and in June and July on the Bayside. The County controls roadside weeds using a combination of mowing and spraying herbicides. Learn more »

Trees

Road Maintenance crews trim or remove trees in the County right-of-way to maintain the safety of vehicular traffic and pedestrians. This includes site clearance near intersections; height clearance for vehicles and pedestrians; and elimination of hazards such as broken limbs or diseased growth.

Any tree on private property which encroaches onto the right-of-way must also meet these standards. We will notify you if a tree on your property needs to be trimmed. You may do the work yourself if you’d like; if not, we will trim the tree to provide the required clearance at no charge to you.

The work we do is related to the use of the travel way by the public and is financed with gas tax revenues. The work is not financed with property taxes, and we are unable to trim trees for aesthetic purposes.

Request Tree Trimming

If you feel a tree in the County right-of-way needs attention, please call the Road Maintenance office at (650) 363-4103.

Note: If the branches are entangled in power lines, call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

Tree-Related Permits

Tree Removal Permit

Removing a tree located in the right-of-way of San Mateo County's unincorporated districts requires a permit from the Department of Public Works. Learn More »

Planting in the County Right-of-Way

Any planting in the right-of-way requires a permit. For more information, call the Public Works permit desk at (650) 363-1822 or 363-1821.

Significant & Heritage Trees

Significant and heritage trees, including those on private property, are protected by ordinance and a permit must be obtained before trimming or removing these trees. For more information, see the San Mateo County Planning Department’s Tree Trimmming & Removal Permit page or call their permit desk at (650) 363-4161.

 

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