No Cost Residential Chipper Program

For Hayward and Fairview Residents East of Mission Blvd

Since 2012, the City has applied for and received grant funding for its defensible space efforts, which includes a free chipping service program. The program is provided on a first-come-first-serve basis as funds are available. Currently, all funds have been expended. The City is in the process of seeking additional funds for the spring and summer of 2019.

Who is eligible for the free chipping service?
Any residential property east of Mission Blvd is eligible, which is considered a high-hazard fire area. The program is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so reserve your spot soon. Residents are responsible for the cutting and stacking and we will come to the front of your property to do the chipping.

How do residents participate?
Complete the Request for Chipping form.  Return it by email: hfd@hayward-ca.govby fax: 510.583.3640, or by regular mail to: Hayward Fire Department, Attn:  Fire Administration, 777 B St., Hayward, CA 94541.

Need help preparing for the chipper service?
Additional grant funding is available to help qualifying residents with cutting, trimming, and stacking. Residents must be seniors, disabled or low income.  To determine if you are eligible please call 510.583.4930.

Here’s how it works:

You Stack, We Chip. You do not have to be home the day you are scheduled for chipping. You will be contacted via email if you have been accepted or not, and be given information on scheduling. DO NOT stack your materials for chipping before your request to participate is approved. More specifics for cutting and stacking will be emailed to you after you have been accepted. If you need help cutting or stacking, call 510.583.4930 to see if you qualify for additional assistance.

  • Tree limbs measuring up to eight inches (8”) in diameter can be chipped. 
  • Stack cut tree limbs or brush within 5 feet of the curb or edge of street (see photo above).
  • Stack limbs with the cut ends facing the street.
  • Stack piles wider than they are high; but not higher than 4 feet.
  • Locate stacks where truck and chipper can easily access them from the street.  The chipping contractor will not go beyond the paved street to collect materials.
  • Keep all piles free of rocks, dirt, wire, lumber, spiny plants, poison oak and blackberries.  The chipper cannot chip piles of needles or leaves.
  • Chipped materials will be taken away and recycled unless special arrangements are made.
Call the Fire Administration Office at 510.583.4930
Click here for more information on HFD’s Defensible Space Projects