Community, Fire Department, Public Safety

Applications now being accepted through May 31 for no-cost residential chipping program to reduce fire risk

May 10, 2022

A person wearing safety gear chipping branches

The Hayward Fire Department is now accepting applications through May 31 from residents in the Hayward Hills, Fairview and Five Canyons who are interested in participating in the department’s no-cost Residential Chipping and Assistance Program.

Under the program, residents cut, gather and stack their own branches to be chipped at the front of their property.  A chipping contractor hired by the City of Hayward will be scheduled between May 23 to July 15 to come to each property to complete the chipping work.

Through the program, some funding is available to help qualifying senior residents, people with disabilities and low-income households cover the cost of gathering and stacking the branches and vegetation.

Residential properties east of Mission Boulevard and south of D Street to the border of Union City are areas considered to be at relatively high risk of fire due to proximity to open spaces.

To learn more about no-cost residential chipping and apply to participate, go online to the program page here on the Hayward Fire Department website.  To determine eligibility for funding support to cover the cost of gathering and stacking material to be chipped, please email the Hayward Fire Department at, and include your full name and residential address.