No Cost Residential Chipper Program

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 chipping program. This program is made available through grant funding from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, though the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC). At this time we are not sure when we will bring the program back, please check back to this website for updates.

The City’s no-cost chipping program is open to any residential property east of Mission Blvd from the south side of D Street to the city limits south to Union City. Residents are responsible for the cutting and stacking of the tree limbs; our selected contractor will come to the front of your property to do the chipping.  Do Not stack your materials for chipping until you have received an email confirmation with your scheduled chipping date.  

No-Cost Residential Chipping 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 on-site chipping service program. The program is grant funded and provided on a first-come-first-serve basis as funds are available.  Funding is administered by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, though the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC).  CFSC has recently awarded the City, funds to run these programs during 2019 and 2020.

Here Is How It Works:

You Cut It, You Stack It, We Chip It.  To apply for the chipping program click on the following link, 2020 Request for Chipping Form.  You will receive a confirmation email in a couple of days with further instructions.  More specifics regarding scheduling, cutting and stacking will be emailed to you after you have been accepted for the program. Do Not stack your materials for chipping before you have been given your scheduled chipping date.  You do not have to be home the day you are scheduled for chipping.  Please only submit your application once.

Requirements:

  • 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.

Questions?  

Email: hfd@hayward-ca.gov or call the Fire Administration Office at 510.583.4930.  During Alameda County's Shelter in Place Order many staff members will be working from home but we are monitoring our voicemails and emails and they will be responded to. 

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 request an application please email hfd@hayward-ca.gov, include your full name, address, and contact information.  An application will be emailed to you to fill out, email the application back to determine if you qualify for the assistance.

Click here for more information on HFD’s Defensible Space Projects 

This program is funded by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, though the California Fire Safe Council.