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Street Tree Planting

Trees make the city more livable, improve the environment, enhance public health, and are one of the most beneficial and cost effective ways to support and advance our infrastructure. Placed in sidewalks throughout our communities, street trees have a direct impact on our neighborhoods through the benefits they provide. The MillionTreesNYC Initiative was conceived with the goal of planting new street trees wherever possible on the public right-of-way. This is an ambitious but attainable goal with the help of our citizens.

Request a Free Tree

Any property owner can request a free street tree by submitting a Service Request through our tree service request system or by calling 311. Note: New trees planted through Parks’ free request system cannot fulfill planting requirements for new buildings or alterations.

Learn more about requesting a tree

Learn more about Parks’ street tree planting process

Plant a Tree Required by the NYC Department of Buildings

Street trees must be planted at new building and major enlargement projects. If you are required to plant a tree, the procedure will vary depending on when your New Building, Alteration 1 and Alteration 2 applications were pre-filed with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB).

Instructions for jobs pre-filed before May 3, 2010: Planting Requirements for New Buildings

Instructions for jobs pre-filed on or after May 3, 2010: Building Plan Review

The 2014 Holiday Construction Embargo is November 21, 2014 and November 24 - January 2, 2015.

The Fall 2014 planting season is October 15-December 15. Any applicants who are requesting a planting permit in a location that falls within the Embargo Zone and Holidays Embargo dates must put in their Permit request by November 1, 2014 so we have sufficient time to issue a planting permit before construction conflicts begin. All applicants affected by the embargo may pay into the tree fund at ANYTIME to meet all required tree planting requirements if they cannot avoid this conflict.

Please review the Department of Transportation 2014 Holiday Construction Embargo Locations for further details.

Plant a Tree On Your Own

You can plant a tree on your own by obtaining a Tree Planting Permit and hiring a landscape contractor. To apply for a free permit to plant a tree in front of your property, please follow our Permit Planting: Step-By-Step Directions.

View the Permit Planting: Step-By-Step Directions

As another option, for a moderate donation, the New York Tree Trust will guide you through the permit process and have your tree planted. The Tree Trust also provides a commemorative tree planting service.

Learn more about the New York Tree Trust

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