Parks, tree and median maintenance is part of the parks division, which is responsible for maintaining and conserving community and historic parks, city facility landscapes, school athletic fields, downtown Village streetscapes, beach access, habitat preserves, urban forests, more than 19,000 trees and approximately 65 acres of landscaped medians in city right-of-ways.
Residents may request the removal of a city street tree by submitting the request in writing. The letter or e-mail must include the location of the tree and the reason for the removal. Upon receiving the letter or e-mail, a city arborist will inspect the tree and make a determination on the approval or denial of the request. Whether the street tree removal is approved or denied, anyone may request a formal appeal of the determination to the Parks and Recreation Commission. The fee to request an appeal is $120. The fee is reimbursed to the appellant if the Parks and Recreation Commission disagrees with the determination of the city arborist.
All street tree removal requests must be mailed to:
City of Carlsbad
Attn: Trees Supervisor
1166 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
The Community Forest Management Plan sets guidelines and procedures on how the city can plant, maintain, remove, replace and preserve public trees in the city's right of way. The CFMP was recommended by a citizen committee created in 2000 by the City Council to study the city's street tree policy.