Friends of the Urban Forest makes it easy and affordable for San Franciscans to get new trees in front of their properties. Street trees beautify and improve neighborhoods, increase property values, reduce storm-water runoff, and clean the air (see more benefits here). We pay most of the costs (see the copayment chart).
Step 2: Fill out the San Francisco Public Works Tree Planting Application (pdf). Please email the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to FUF, 1007 General Kennedy Ave Ste 1, San Francisco CA, 94129. We’ll process your application with SFDPW for you. If you already have a permit from San Francisco Public Works, you can send us a copy of that instead.
Signing up for a tree includes receiving:
- A site inspection for DPW requirements
- Species recommendations by our arborists
- The TREE, concrete cutting, supporting hardware, and planting event
- New tree owner’s manual and 3 years of annual tree care
See our Urban Tree Species Directory for trees we plant across the city. If undecided, select “Not Sure” or “Other” on the forms and we will confirm your tree species before planting.
Any questions, contact Esmeralda by phone at 415-268-0772 or by email with our contact form.
- Find your neighborhood page on our Planting Map
- We will provide the site inspection and organize a community meeting within the month of planting
- New tree plantings have pre-scheduled planting dates for your neighborhood
- Replacement tree plantings have a 3-4 month waiting list
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What if I’m not sure what type of tree I want?
A. You can leave that part of the forms blank. One of our arborists will discuss the options with you.
Q. What if I have an existing tree or a stump in the location where I want a new tree?
A. You must have it removed before we can plant.
Q. Am I making a financial commitment by submitting these forms? What if I change my mind?
A. You can withdraw your application, and owe nothing, by sending an email message to the planting manager up to two weeks before the scheduled planting date.
Q. When should I send in payment?
A. We’ll send you an invoice when payment is due.
Q. I’m a renter; can I submit the forms?
A. Someone other than the property owner can complete and submit the “Downloadable Forms”, and can be identified as the caretaker of the tree, but the property owner must sign the forms. Only the property owner or legal agent is authorized to fill out the “Electronic Forms.”