Department of Public Works
dpw.lacounty.gov
Parkway Trees
Find out who maintains the parkway tree for your area
Tree Planting

Public Works encourages resident participation in the expansion and renewal of our urban forest. In order to ensure the proper species selection, planting and sustainability of the new tree, we require that all planting be coordinated with the Urban Forestry Unit.

In general trees are planted in one of two ways.

     1. Public Works plants a tree.
         If you would like Public Works to plant a tree please fill out our online Parkway Tree Request Form.

     2. The property owner plants a tree.
         With a permit from Public Works, you can also plant a tree in the parkway if you are the owner of the property
         adjacent to the parkway. Please print and fill out this application for a permit to plant a tree.

How to Plant a Tree

Whether Public Works plants a tree or the property owner plants a tree it should be planted in the correct manner so that it can thrive in the environment adjacent to County infrastructure, i.e. sidewalk, curb and gutter, and roadway. If you wish to plant a tree in the parkway adjacent to your property, the Urban Forestry Unit assigned to your area will provide you with specific instructions on how to plant the tree along with the issued permit.

Choosing the Right Place

Tree placement will also be addressed by the Urban Forestry Unit although you can click on the following document to see what the proper spacing should be as a preliminary check.

Minimum Tree Spacing Requirements - This will allow you to determine if a tree can fit in the parkway in front of your house. The minimum distances between the new trees and adjacent infrastructure is to provide adequate space for the tree to grow, minimize future root damage and to prevent the tree from being damaged by passing and parking vehicles.

Choosing the Right Tree

Use these listings as a guide to find the right tree for your location. Each district has a list of approved tree species that can be planted in the district. Don't know which district you should look under? Use the Tree Services Locator on the left and find out! If your street currently has a predominate species of tree and it remains a recommended species for planting in the County parkway, new tree will be of the same species.

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