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The City of Napa is recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA. The City has strived to maintain this honor through it tree preservation, care and reforestation programs such as Arbor Day.
There are a number of City ordinances that protect both public and private trees. These regulations are included in Street Tree, Protected Native Tree, and Significant Tree Programs.
The Tree Advisory Commissionworks with City staff and advises the Council on all issues involving trees, both public and private, throughout the community. The Commission may also serve as an appeals board on tree related matters.
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Street Tree Program
A street tree is any tree located within the public right-of-way, generally located between the sidewalk and street, within ten feet of the curb, or even in some areas where curbs and sidewalks do not exist. Street trees are protected by ordinance and are considered public property by the City of Napa. The Parks and Recreation Services Department can provide residents with information on a particular right-of-way location to determine if you have a Street Tree. The overall responsibility for the maintenance, removal, and planting of street trees is the responsibility of the City. The City prunes the trees for street and sidewalk clearance, and for the removal of dead, weak or hazardous limbs. While pruning conforms to accepted professional standards, street trees are not pruned for aesthetic purposes. Pruning may be done by the adjacent property owner with a permit from the Parks and Recreation Services Department. Pruning must adhere to City standards in order to protect the health and vitality of public trees.
Click here for a copy of Municipal Code section 12.44 Public Trees and Plants
Click here for a copy of City of Napa Tree Preservation Standards
Click here for a printable Street Tree Pruning or Removal Application.
Click here for a new Street Tree Planting Application.
Applications and appropriate fees will need to be submitted in person at the Parks and Recreation Services office located at 1850 Soscol Ave #201, Napa.
Master Street Tree List - The City of Napa maintains a Master Street Tree List that consists of trees that can be planted within the City right-of-way. The City values the right tree for the right place when it comes to new plantings. The location of utilities, soil type, and available planting areas are all part of this criteria.
The links below will take you to the Master Street Tree list and the seperate catagory list for each of the five categories:
Master Street Tree List Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5
For detailed information on individual Street Trees including photos please click on the following link: Select Tree Website.
For information on City of Napa Standards Specifications related to tree planting and root barriers click on the links below.
Planting Specification - Tree Planting Standard T-1
Planting Information - Tree Planting Notes T-2
Root Barrier Specification - Tree Planting Standard T-5
Protected Native Tree Program
Protected native trees are specific species of trees located on private property one acre in size or larger, zoned for residential or agricultural purposes, or located on property zoned for commercial or industrial purposes. In establishing this protection of specified trees, it is the City’s intent to promote a healthy urban forest that contributes to clean air, soil conservation, energy conservation, scenic beauty, enhanced property values, and quality of life; ensuring that Napa will continue to be a desirable place to live and work. Section 12.45 of the municipal code regulates Protective Native Trees.
Significant Tree Program
How to nominate a tree to the registry -
1. In order to have a tree or grove of trees considered for the registry an applicant will first need to submit a significant tree application available from the Parks and Recreation Services Department. The are only two key criteria:
• Only the property owner, whose land the tree is located on, can make the nomination.
• The tree or grove of trees to be considered must be located within the City of Napa.
2. Next, the nomination to go before the City’s Tree Advisory Commission for review and approval.
3. If approved by the Commission the nomination will go to the Napa City Council for final approval through a resolution.
Applications can be submitted in person or mailed to the Parks and Recreation Services office located at 1850 Soscol Ave #201, Napa, CA. 94559, or call 707-257-9529
Napa's 2013 Arbor Day Celebration was held on Saturday August 24th this year. Volunteers lead by the Tree Advisory Commission and City staff planted 30 new trees as part of the 9/11 Memorial Garden project.
Follow this link to view phots from the days event Arbor Day 2013 Napa 9/11 Memorial Garden