No-Cost Residential Chipping Program

We are now accepting applications from residents in the Hayward Hills, Fairview and Five Canyons who are interested in participating in our Fall No-Cost Residential Chipping and Assistance Program. 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 with grassland and brush. Scroll down for more information and to apply.

Submitting an application now will put you on our Fall chipping program.  To participate, please complete the Fall 2021 Request for Chipping Form.  Participants will be scheduled during the weeks of Septemeber 1st - October 4th, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Residents are responsible for cutting and stacking the tree limbs and branches—and a contractor hired by the City will come to the front of each property to do the chipping.

Do Not stack your materials for chipping until you have been given your scheduled chipping date.

Stacking 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.
  • 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.

​Grant funding may be available to help senior, disabled, or low-income residents with expenses associated with cutting, trimming, and stacking limbs and branches through our Residential Assistance Program (RAP). To determine if you or someone you know is eligible for assistance, please email FiresafeHFD@hayward-ca.gov and include your full name, address, and contact information.  An application will be emailed to you to be completed and returned by email. 

Questions? Email: FiresafeHFD@hayward-ca.gov or call the Fire Administration Office at (510) 583-4930.