BSS Instructions for Notes on Planting Plan Sheets

Revised on 07-20-2020

Final determination of tree planting locations is subject to approval by Bureau of Street
Services (BSS), Urban Forestry Division.  Urban Forestry Division accepts no responsibility for any purchasing and/or delivery arrangements and shall reject any trees failing to meet the specifications set forth in the Urban Tree Foundation's and WCISA's Guidelines Specifications for Nursery Tree Quality.

Contractor Responsibilities


  1. Any permit requirements or fees
  2. Contact Urban Forestry Division (213) 847-3077 at least five (5) working days before delivery to arrange an appointment with the inspector
  3. Verify delivered trees are the proper species as approved by BSS, Urban Forestry.  Street trees shall meet or exceed the criteria of good quality tree stock set forth by the Urban Tree Foundation's http://www.urbantree.org/ and the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture's (WCISA) Guideline Specifications for Nursery Tree Quality. http://www.wcisa.net/downloads/NurseryTreeSpecs.pdf.

BSS Urban Forestry Responsibilities


  1. Inspect and tag trees
  2. Review the proposed tree locations prior to the construction of the sidewalk.