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Parks and Street Trees Division

Corporation Yard
221 Commercial Street
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: (408) 730-7506
Fax: (408) 730-7577

Our office is not located in the main building at the Corporation Yard.
Please use the driveway next to 239 Commercial St.
Look for the wooden sign (see above photo) and portable trailer.
View a Google street map 

Mailing address:
Public Works
Parks and Street Trees Division
P.O. Box 3707
Sunnyvale, CA 94088-3707


 

Street Trees

Sunnyvale Street Trees and Urban Forest


 
The City of Sunnyvale provides maintenance services for approximately 37,000 street trees, with the assistance of adjacent property owners. The City provides pruning services for street trees to maintain structural integrity and to avoid branch/trunk failure, as much as possible.
  • Street trees are not pruned for size control. 
  • All trees naturally produce debris, including leaf and needle litter. 
  • Residents are expected to maintain any debris in the right-of-way, water their street tree as needed and report any problems regarding their street trees.
  • City staff also helps to sustain the street tree population with new and replacement tree planting. 
  • The Street Tree Program only provides limited maintenance for trees planted in the right-of-way. We do not provide services for trees planted on private property.
  • For more information on how to properly maintain street trees or to look for a local arborist for tree help, visit TreesAreGood.com.
Some of the benefits trees provide our community include:
  • Trees help to keep houses and the public right-of-way cooler in the summer. 
  • They also provide overall beauty to the street, and increase property values. 
  • 100 trees remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants from the environment each year.
  • Neighborhoods with trees experience fewer crime related incidents and are safer and more sociable.

To report a fallen tree or tree limb, or other street tree concern, call the Street Trees Program in the Parks Division at (408) 730-7506, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. For emergencies after business hours, call Public Safety Dispatch at (408) 730-7180.

Arbor Day Events a Success!

On Saturday, March 7, The City and SUFA celebrated Arbor Day with tree planting in three locations. In the photo above, City staff is demonstrating the proper planting a of street tree in the Stowell-Orchard neighborhood. Trees were also planted on Wright Avenue and at Serra Park. 

Street Tree Planting Agreement
To request a free street tree to be planted in the right-of-way adjacent to your home download a Street Tree Planting Agreement. Street trees are planted at no cost for Sunnyvale residents. The street tree planting season begins November and ends in March. For residents with newly planted street trees, download a guide on how to water and care for your new street tree. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to our outreach efforts, most plantings will not take place until the fall of 2015 or winter of 2016. For questions regarding the planting of new street trees, please call the Street Tree Planting Hotline at (408) 730-2745.

City Awards Contract for Pruning of Street Trees
The City of Sunnyvale has recently awarded a contract to West Coast Arborist for the pruning of all public street trees on an average interval of every 7 years.  All street trees on a street block will be pruned at the same time to improve the structural integrity of the trees for the purpose of public safety. Street tree pruning by WCA has been temporarily suspended.  If you are aware of a tree that may be unsafe and in need of pruning services, please call the Parks Division at (408) 730-7506. 

Street Tree Work Permit Application
For residents who want to hire a licensed arborist to prune an adjacent street tree more frequently to control leaf or acorn drop, or to provide building clearance, or to keep a more open canopy and allow more sun through, a no-cost permit application is available for download. View the Street Tree Work Permit Requirements to obtain a street tree work permit.

Street Tree Planting List
Download the City's Street Tree Planting List.This list includes all of species of trees that are used in planting of street trees in the public right of way. Please note, this list is provided as an information source only. Prior to the planting of all street trees, the Street Tree Program takes into consideration many factors in street tree selection. Right-of-way grow space, vertical clearance [power lines], underground utilities, street lights, traffic signs and lights and species suitability to the site are all factors. Generally, the same type of tree species are selected for entire blocks. This is done primarily for uniformity of maintenance and cost effectiveness. The City Arborist makes the final determination of type of tree species planted. 
 

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New Community Volunteer Group - Sunnyvale Urban Forest Advocates (SUFA)
With the Council adoption of The Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP), a new volunteer group has formed.Sunnyvale Urban Forest Advocates (SUFA) is a volunteer group supporting the City and its residents in the planting and care of the City's Urban Forest. The emphasis will be on planting trees in the public right-of-way and public open space, such as schools and City parks. For more information, contact SUFA a info@sunnyvaleurbanforestadvocates.org or call (408) 465-9465.

Liquidambar Street Tree Removal Program Information
Liquidambar removal applications for current fiscal year 2014/15 and fiscal year 2015/16 are no longer being accepted. The $50,000 limit has been reached for both fiscal years. Applications can be submitted for fiscal year 2016/17 on a first come, first serve basis. The City's fiscal year cycle begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. Tree removals, stumping and replanting are done throughout the entire fiscal year cycle and are scheduled accordingly. All three steps may not happen at the same time and can happen several months apart.

Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) 
Council adopted the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) in 2014. This plan will help sustain, protect, and enhance the urban forest in the City of Sunnyvale in order to maximize the many benefits that it provides to residents. 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Street Trees
Street Tree Program staff have posted several of the most common questions they get from residents regarding street trees. View all the questions and answers.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Private Trees

My neighbor's tree is dead. What can the City do about it?
Most issues pertaining to trees on private property do not constitute a violation of the Sunnyvale Municipal Code but are rather a private civil matter. In you have not done so already, you may consider sharing your concerns about the tree with your neighbor. If the tree is believed to be causing a dangerous situation in the public right of way or damaging a City street tree, contact Neighborhood Preservation or call (408) 730-7610.

My neighbor's tree branches are hanging over my property and drops leaves and/or needs to be trimmed. What can the City do about it?
If you have not done so already, you may consider sharing your concerns about the tree with your neighbor. If talking to your neighbor does not result in the action you desire, you may trim the tree branches that are encroaching your property as long as you do not damage or kill the tree. Prior to pruning a tree that does not belong to you, it is recommended that residents familiarize themselves on the California Good Neighbor Law.

Trees on Private Property
The Street Tree Program does not provide services for trees located on private property. To obtain a permit to remove a private tree, contact the Planning Division at (408) 730-7444 or visit the One Stop Permit Center or visit City Hall, 456 W. Olive Ave, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

 

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