50-50 Street Tree Program

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Typical Residential Street Tree Typical Business Street Trees

What is a Street Tree?

The photos on this page are what typical street trees look like. They are between the sidewalk and the road in front of a property. 

Who is Responsible for Street Tree Maintenance?

For many years the City maintained street trees on behalf of property owners. In 2010 due to significant budget and staffing cuts, the responsibility for maintaining street trees returned to property owners.

While the financial responsibility has returned to the property owner, it is still in  the City's interest to ensure that the trees are cared for properly. The tree permit is the mechanism through which we meet our interest to maintain a healthy community of trees and uphold the City's  Tree Preservation Ordinance (FMC 18.215).

About the Program

The Fremont City Council authorized $100,000 for the 50-50 Street Tree Program in order to partner with Fremont property owners to help pay for some of the costs of street tree removal and replacement. The program addresses the need to remove and replace dead, dying or hazardous street trees. 

What it Covers

  • 50% of the cost for street tree removal and replacement up to a maximum contribution of $750 per tree and up to two trees per property
  • Work performed after July 1, 2015. Work performed prior to this date is not eligible for the program

What it Doesn't Cover

  • Tree Pruning
  • Sidewalk repair
  • Maintenance activities
  • Trees removed and replaced as part of a development applications


  • Funds are available to all property owners, including commercial and HOA's
  • You must have an approved Street Tree Removal Permit
  • Find an approved tree contractor
  • Please fill out a Tree Permit Application
  • Keep your proof of payment (cash payment receipts are not accepted)
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