Trees within the City

City of La Canada Flintridge is a “Tree City USA”.  The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home. Trees are important to character and charm of La Cañada Flintridge. The city goes to great lengths to protect trees on private and on public property. To that end, the City has elected to adopt ordinances that protect private and public trees. The ordinance for private trees was amended and became effective on July 31, 2013. The City has also adopted Tree Preservation and Protection Guidelines to help homeowners care for their trees.

Trees and shrubs in the "public right-of-way" are regulated by Chapter 4.24 of the Municipal Code. Due to the rural nature of many of the streets in the City, it is sometimes difficult to know if a tree is in the public right-of-way or if it is on private property. Before any work is done to a tree, please check with the Public Works Department at 818-790-8882 to determine whether it is on public or private property.  It may take up to seven business days to verify a tree location if a site visit is required.  Please allow adequate time in an effort to prevent any delays for your ongoing project.

In an effort to preserve and continuously maintain trees to industry standards in the public right-of-way, the City has a 5-Year Grid Trimming Program in place.  The program ensures that all 15,000 trees in the public right-of-way are trimmed at least once every five years.  This ensures that all trees remain health while maintain an aesthetically pleasing look throughout the City. 

If you have questions or would like to report a City-owned tree-related matter please contact the Public Works Department. You may use our online service request system or call 818-790-8882. If you would like to request that the City remove a City-owned tree on public property, please download, complete, and submit the tree removal application to kroberts@lcf.ca.gov. If you are interested in adopting a City-owned tree on public property, please download, complete, and submit the adopt a tree application to kroberts@lcf.ca.gov.

If you have questions regarding private property trees, please contact the Community Development Department at 818-790-8881 or visit their webpage regarding private property trees.