Trees and Landscape Maintenance

Trees and Landscape Management Section

The SACDOT Trees and Landscape Maintenance Section has primary County-wide responsibility for maintaining trees and vegetation within the road right-of-way in the unincorporated area. This includes focusing on public safety while promoting aesthetically pleasing and healthy landscaped areas. This maintenance responsibility covers County owned roadway frontages, medians, pedestrian walkways, soundwalls, bike lanes, and overpasses.

These maintenance efforts do not include illegal encroachments of trees and vegetation growing upon private property, landscaped areas maintained through County contracts, areas maintained by the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), any trimming for electric or other utilities, or areas within the city boundaries of Sacramento, Isleton, Galt, Folsom, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova. See below for contact information for different agencies and municipalities concerning trees and vegetation.​

Right-of-Way Management

Encroachment violations in Sacramento County include trees and shrubbery growing upon private property encroaching lower than 13.5 feet over the roadway or obstructing the visibility of an intersection or a traffic control device, such as a stop sign. The SACDOT Right-of-Way Management  section works with property owners to correct these violations.

Contract Landscape Maintenance 

The Maintenance & Operations Division also coordinates contract landscape maintenance 

in Sacramento County including areas where the property owners are assessed fees, such as a Landscape Maintenance District (LMD).


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is responsible for landscaped areas that include freeways and highways and associated soundwalls​ and overpasses within Sacramento County such as: Freeways 5, 50, 80, 99 and Highways 12, 16, 104 and 160.  Check with Caltrans Submit a Maintenance Request to report tree and landscape issues.

Additional Contact Information

Below is a contact list for agencies and jurisdictions with tree and landscape responsibilities in Sacramento County:

tree crew trimming

A tree crew removes a hazardous tree along a County maintained roadway.

fallen branch 

The above photo shows an emergency situation. The roadway needs to be clear of tree hazards for the safety of the public including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. If you experience this type of emergency in the Sacramento County unincorporated area call 311 or 875-4311 or report online​.
Your call will be responded to promptly and the immediate hazard abated. Rain or shine 24 hours a day.

crew cleaning up fallen branch