Yes, you need a permit to plant a tree in San Francisco. The permits can be obtained from the Department of Public Works. There is no fee for the Tree Planting Permit. Tree planting permits are required to make sure that the trees do not impact infrastructure.

Tree Planting Permit applications can be submitted online to the Department of Public Works. You can also submit a hard copy in the mail. For more information about the requirements to obtain a Tree Planting Permit visit the Department of Public Works website here.


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