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City of Stockton

Protected trees

The City of Stockton plans to remove approximately 308 unhealthy City trees and 1,800 City tree stumps in various locations throughout the City. Work will begin in spring 2021. 


postcard was mailed to those in areas where trees or stumps will be removed. 


For information, please contact the Municipal Service Center.


Tree Maintenance

Trees located on private property are the property owner's responsibility. To determine if a tree is on private property or in a city right-of-way, please contact the Tree Division. Residents may trim, prune, and maintain trees adjacent to their property in the City right-of-way. 


In some areas, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has a maintenance program that includes trimming trees away from electric utility lines. Please contact PG&E (under External Links below).




Tree Inventory

The City of Stockton received grant funding from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention to conduct an inventory of its street and park trees. 



Tree Removal

Property owners who wish to remove trees or stumps in the City right-of-way or easements must contact the Community Development Department for permit information and requirements.   



After receipt of the application, Community Development will contact property owners about the tree assessment, approval or denial of a permit, and any mitigation requirements per the Stockton Municipal Code - Street Tree Permit 16.162.


Heritage Oaks

Heritage Oak trees are protected in the City of Stockton. Stockton Municipal Code - Heritage Oak Permit 16.130 governs the removal of Heritage trees regardless of location on a property or condition of the tree(s). To remove a Heritage Oak tree, you must contact the Community Development Department for permit information and requirements. 



Upon receipt of the application, Community Development will evaluate the condition of the tree and grounds for the application to determine whether the tree can be removed. If removal is warranted, the property owner will be notified of the next step. Mitigation is required.

If you haven't already, please read through the information we have regarding the Tree Program to determine if you need a tree permit. Also see Tree Program FAQ's.

city contact information


Permit Center

345 N. El Dorado Street

Stockton, CA  95202

Phone: (209) 937-8444

Fax: (209) 937-8893

Tree Division

Phone: (209) 937-8317 - Weekdays

Phone: (209) 937-8341 - After Hours

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