Trees & Landscaping

Trees & Landscaping


Since 1987, Riverside has been a “Tree City, USA” community in honor of the care we provide for our trees.

Trees provide aesthetic, environmental, and economic value, including clean air and increased property values. The City Trees & Landscaping Division is responsible for overseeing the planting, pruning, preservation and removal of trees in City right-of-way by private contractors, volunteer organizations, residents and businesses. Currently, trees within the City right-of-way are trimmed every 8 to 9 years. Residents who would like their trees trimmed more frequently or need other tree services can take advantage of the City’s Street Tree Resi-Pay Program.

The program allows residents to have trees trimmed more frequently by utilizing the services of the City’s tree maintenance contractor at the affordable flat rates listed below. Also, certain trees may qualify to be planted or removed at the resident’s cost, subject to City review and approval. Residents may also hire their own licensed contractor to trim trees by obtaining a no-fee permit.

Contracted Rates

The contracted rates for fiscal year 2016-17 (through June 30, 2017) for tree trimming, removal, and planting services are:

Service Rate
Full Tree Trim (per tree) $95.00
Clearance Trimming (per tree) $25.00
Palm Tree Skinning (per linear foot) $7.50
Tree and Stump Removal
(per diameter inch - measurement taken at shoulder height)
Tree Only Removal
(per diameter inch - measurement taken at shoulder height)
Stump Only Removal (per diameter inch) $5.90
15 Gallon Tree Planting $95.00
24” Box Tree Planting $205.00
36” Box Tree Planting $790.00
Two Person Crew with Lift truck and Chipper (hourly crew rental) $73.00

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How Resi-Pay Works

  • Step 1 – Resident contacts 311 to request a tree inspection and specifies that they are interested in the Resi-Pay Program
  • Step 2 – City Inspector examines the tree within 30 days and determines if the tree service qualifies for the Resi-Pay Program
  • Step 3 – Inspector provides a completed Resi-Pay form specifiing the services and cost to the resident
  • Step 4 – Resident sends the form with payment to the City Corporation Yard at 8095 Lincoln Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504
  • Step 5 – After payment is received, the City orders work from contractor to be completed by the contractor within 30 days

To qualify, the tree must be located in City of Riverside public right-of-way and between regularly scheduled maintenance. Additionally, the service requested must meet the guidelines in the Urban Forestry Policy Manual. Additional information on the City’s Tree Maintenance Program including the City’s Urban Forestry Policy Manual can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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Utility Trees
(Trees Near Power Lines)
City Trees & Landscaping
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3900 Main St. 4th Floor
Riverside, CA 92522

Phone: (951) 826-5311

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