The FHA maintains, prunes, removes and replaces trees within a median or sidewalk strip for homeowners who are members in good standing of the Association. All other trees are the financial responsibility of the homeowner.
Removal of any tree within 10 feet of the street (whether or not it is on a sidewalk strip and is the responsibility of the FHA) requires permission from he City. Permits are issued ONLY if a tree is dying or a hazard as assessed by the FHA arborist and the City arborist. FHA will apply for tree removal permits on behalf of member homeowners for those trees located on sidewalk or median strips. Other permits must be applied for by the homeowner (http://sfdpw.org/trees). Following City issuance of a permit, every permitted tree is tagged for 30 days allowing for public comment. When a disagreement regarding tree removal occurs, a tree hearing is scheduled by the City. Hearing outcome is binding. The FHA pays for the removal and replacement of trees from homeowner median or sidewalk strips following completion of the permit and hearing process.