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Trees & Landscaping Section
1404 Mabury Rd.
San Jose, CA 95133

Phone: (408) 794-1901

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep the public and our staff safe, City offices are closed until further notice and select City services have been suspended. The programs/services described on this page are suspended until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. 

Our Department of Transportation (DOT) crews continue to provide essential services such as storm drain and sewer maintenance. Help them stay safe and focused on critical needs by keeping wipes, fats, oils, and grease out of the sewer system.

Please call DOT Dispatch at (408) 794-1900 to report any roadway hazards such as: sewer back-ups, storm flooding, missing/damaged traffic signs, malfunctioning traffic signals, and broken tree limbs.

For questions regarding existing Tree and Sidewalk permits, please contact (408) 794-1901 or email



Trees are grouped into the following categories:

  • Street trees in most residential and commercial areas are maintained by the adjacent property owner.
  • Street trees within median islands and roadside landscaped areas are maintained by the city.
  • Trees on public lands, such as parks, trails, libraries, and community centers are maintained by the city.
  • Trees within private property are maintained by the property owner.
  • Heritage trees are maintained by the property owner.


Street Landscape includes the following:

  • Median islands and roadside landscaped areas maintained by the city.
  • Special Landscape District enhancements.
  • Adopt-A-Street landscape areas maintained by neighborhood volunteers.

Street tree permits are required to plant, prune or remove street trees. To request a permit, email Please include your name, email address, property address, and a brief description of your request.


Roadside landscape and median island landscapes are:

  • Managed by City crews for irrigation, litter, and weed control.
  • Responsible for maintaining 233 acres of roadside landscaped areas including:
    • Weed control
    • Shrub trimming and removal
    • Litter and debris pick up
    • Complaint handling
    • Irrigation damage response


Weed control for city owned lands and public right-of-way is managed by city staff.

Adopt a Street


  • The Adopt a Street program has 95 adopted parcels throughout the city.
  • These parcels are primarily roadside landscaped areas in residential neighborhoods.
  • Neighborhood volunteers assist city crews by removing weeds, trimming shrubs, and picking up litter and debris at least twice a year.
  • The city crews provide irrigation maintenance and repair.

Special Districts

Landscape Improvements

We establish special landscape districts to maintain public improvements that provide special benefits to the property owners.

  • Landscape improvements include items such as median islands and roadside landscaped areas with enhanced landscaping, fountains, plazas, and other decorative features in the public right-of-way.
  • The maintenance costs for enhanced landscape features are funded by an assessment fee on the annual property taxes of the property owners within the district boundaries.

Special Districts

There are two types of special landscape districts:

  • Community facilities districts (CFD) with additional features, such as lakes, plazas, and pump stations.
  • Maintenance districts (MD) are composed of enhanced lighting and landscape features.
  • There are 19 special landscape districts, comprising more than 385 acres of enhanced landscape.
  • Trees in the special landscape districts are maintained by our Special District staff and include
    • Median islands
    • Parkstrip plantings
    • Roadside landscaped areas
    • Pocket parks
    • Plazas
    • Paseos

Special District Map

Find more information on your Special District by viewing our interactive map.

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